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IPR and Patent Infringement

Intellectual Property Right Ownership
Participant lawfully represents that the participant is the owner or authorised user of the intellectual Property Rights (IPR) of the submitted designs. No licenses, trademarks, inventions, copyrights, patents, or any other intellectual property rights, are implied or granted to third parties other than organisers on acceptance of these rules by the participant.

In all such submitted designs in which the participant is the owner, it is hereby confirmed that such participant shall continue to be the owner of the IPR including copyrights or patents during the duration of the competition unless the participant contracts otherwise.

IPR Protection for Participants
To protect the ownership of the IP in the submitted designs, organisers will take all reasonably foreseeable and necessary precautions and measures as the owner of the IPR would employ to its own Confidential Information of like importance, but not less than a reasonable degree of care. Organisers may disclose Confidential Information of the participant’s only to those of its employees or contractors who need to know such information. In addition, prior to any disclosure of such Confidential Information to any such employee or contractor, such employee or contractor shall be made aware of the confidential nature of the Confidential Information and shall execute, or shall already be bound by, a non-disclosure agreement containing terms and conditions consistent with the terms and conditions herein. Specifically, organisers have the Jury members and website hosting company sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) w.r.t all participant confidential information provided to organisers including all Intellectual Property Rights during this Competition. Contracted website hosting company would ensure storage of participants files containing confidential information including all kinds of IPR on a secure server that is backed up regularly. 

While maintaining transparency with regard to declaring the results of the competition, no material design specific information would be made public by organiser so as to compromise the IPR submitted by the participant. Additionally, any public announcement involving submitted designs would be shared with the participant by the organisers and require the participants consent before making it public. 

Upon the completion of this Competition, the organizer will deliver to the participant all of the respective participant’s IPR or Confidential Information in tangible form that the organiser may have in its possession or control. The organizer however may retain one copy of the IPR/ Confidential Information in its legal files.

IP infringement by submitted designs
The participant will have to ensure that their designs do not infringe any IPR including any existing copyright or patent. The participant, by entering this competition declares to the best of their knowledge that the submitted designs do not infringe any third party IPR’s including but not limited to copyrights or patents.

Any IPR infringement of third party owners by any participant will lead to automatic disqualification of such participant from the competition.

In case of IPR infringement of any third party rights wherein the organisers would be made party to any proceedings or actions by the IPR holder, the participant agrees to indemnify organiser for all its losses and shall also be liable to bear the costs of defending the organiser.