Fusebox EPFL

Fusebox EPFL

General Conditions for Users

1. What is Fusebox?

Fusebox is a platform for generating and enhancing ideas (‘ideation’, a contraction of ‘idea generation’).

Its aim is to gather users’ ideas and to enhance the ideas by successive contributions of other users. Any user may initiate ideas and participate in the enhancement of others’ ideas.

The Fusebox platform offers various ‘Challenges’, either successively or simultaneously, in partnership with ‘Challengers’, who are the sponsors of those Challenges.

In response to each Challenge the Fusebox user is invited to propose an idea. This idea corresponds to a need or an expectation he or she has as the user or customer of a product or service. The user is asked to define the people who would be using it, the circumstances and the origin of the need and the manner in which he or she would like to see it fulfilled, without entering into the technical details of how this would be achieved.

Caution: Fusebox is not a platform for presenting or disclosing unprotected inventions; it is an open platform and, consequently, the act of placing ideas or comments on it constitutes public disclosure (making their subsequent protection by patent impossible or at least difficult).

Fusebox is supported by a website, of which EPFL is the owner and the address is as follows: www.fusebox.epfl.ch.

Any communication may be addressed to Fusebox at the following email address: fusebox@epfl.ch.

2. Field of application

The present General Conditions (GCs) govern the relationship between the user and EPFL during use of the Fusebox platform.

3. Validity

Before being able to participate in a Challenge on the Fusebox platform, users must register and accept the GCs. For the latter, when individual users register on the website, they are invited to confirm that they accept by clicking on the field ‘I accept the Terms and Conditions of the Fusebox platform’. The GCs shall be deemed to be accepted from the time the user registers on the platform.

4. Obligations on the part of the user

The following terms apply to registration on, and use of, the Fusebox platform:

• Registration as a user is reserved for persons aged 18 or over.

• The user must register using his or her first name(s) and surname and own email address. The use of pseudonyms is prohibited.

• In any comments or images that users publish, they shall:

-  observe copyright

-  refrain from publishing any images that are potentially offensive or that contravene Swiss law

-  respect the right of the individual

• Users must keep their respective passwords secret and rigorously protect access to their respective accounts.

• Should an account user have any reason to think that they have been the object of abuse use by a third party, the user shall inform EPFL immediately.

• In no case shall EPFL communicate the password of a user to a third party, nor communicate a user’s password by email or telephone.

• Users are in principle responsible for all their activities while using their accounts. Individual users shall not be held responsible for any abusive use of their accounts if they have not breached their duty of vigilance.

• User accounts are non-transferable.

• EPFL reserves the right to delete, following a reasonable period, the accounts of users whose registration is incomplete or incorrect.

• When using the Fusebox platform, users shall respect their own obligations, in particular toward their employer and toward third parties (for employees of EPFL see, in particular, item 5.3) and abide by the laws in force.

5. Intellectual property

5.1 General

In response to each Challenge the Fusebox user is invited to propose an idea. This idea corresponds to a need or an expectation he or she has as the user or customer of a product or service. The user is asked to define the people who would be using it, the circumstances and the origin of the need and the manner in which he or she would like to see it fulfilled, without entering into the technical details of how this would be achieved.

Caution: Fusebox is not a platform for presenting or disclosing unprotected inventions; it is an open platform and, consequently, the act of placing ideas or comments on it constitutes public disclosure.

Any idea published on the Fusebox platform is thus made public (as on blogs on the internet) and as a general rule can no longer be protected by patent, except in cases where a patent application was filed before publication on Fusebox.

5.2 Ideas published on the platform - existing intellectual property rights

The user concedes that anybody, including EPFL and the Challengers, may freely use, develop and commercialize, free of charge, the idea or ideas placed by the user on the Fusebox platform, subject to any prior rights of intellectual property (patents, patents, designs, trademarks etc.) belonging to the user or to third parties, including the EPFL.

The user shall respect all existing contractual obligations toward third parties in relation to intellectual property (for example, arising from an employment contract).

5.3 Concepts and technologies in development

EPFL Employees and PhD students shall not submit ideas originating from, or linked to, ongoing EPFL research projects without the express authorization of the person in charge of the relevant laboratory, research unit or department. In addition, EPFL employees and PhD students are not authorized to disclose or publish on Fusebox information belonging to EPFL or to third parties and which is confidential in nature. In cases of doubt with regard to such matters, they should consult the person in charge of the relevant laboratory, research unit or department in advance or, where applicable, contact the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) at EPFL.

5.4 Moral copyright

The user waives the exercise of all moral rights.

6. Integrity of the system and disruption of the Fusebox platform

The user accepts the following regulations, which apply to all users of Fusebox:

• When using the Fusebox platform, users are not authorized to make use of programmes, software or other codes which could hinder the functioning of the Fusebox website.

• Users are not authorized to take any action that could cause overloading of the infrastructure.

• Users are not authorized to block, overwrite or modify the content generated by Fusebox or to disrupt the platform in any way.

7. Payments to users of the Fusebox platform

Each user shall participate in the Fusebox platform at their own cost and risk. Neither the execution of a workload by a user, nor the accomplishment of a mission or creation of a work gives said user the right to payment or compensation from EPFL.

In certain cases the Challenger may decide to offer a prize or reward linked to a specific Challenge. In such cases, all information in connection with such prizes or rewards shall be set out in the information on the Challenge and the Challenger shall, independently of EPFL, make direct contact with the winner or winners in order to hand over the prize. Under no circumstances shall EPFL be responsible for the prize or the prize-giving procedure and follow-up.

8. Protection of personal data

Neither the user nor EPFL nor the Challengers are authorized to use addresses, contact details or email addresses obtained during use of the Fusebox platform for other purposes than those set out on the platform. In particular, the resale or use of said data for advertising purposes is prohibited.

9. Image rights

By participating in the platform, individual users authorize, without being bound thereto, EPFL and any third party authorized by EPFL to film them, photograph them and directly or indirectly use or exploit their name, forename(s) and image, including their appearance and their voice, on any medium and by any process, either known or as yet unknown (websites and intranet sites, the press and television). This authorization shall be given free of charge and without limitation of the number of reproductions or broadcasts worldwide for the duration of the Challenge and for a period of 5 years following its expiry, this being for the purposes of communication and promotion of the Fusebox platform and of EPFL.

10. Non publication or deletion of data (contributions on Fusebox)

EPFL reserves the right to delay the publication of, or to delete data. Users are authorized to delete their own accounts themselves but if they wish to delete contributions made on Fusebox, particularly if such data is associated with that of other users, the deletion of such data must be the object of a request made to EPFL. EPFL reserves the right not to delete certain data.

11. Responsibility

Within the legal framework, EPFL shall not be responsible for any direct or indirect loss or damage.

12. Sanctions

12.1 Sanctions

In the event of violation of statutory provisions, rights of third parties, GCs or the founding principles of EPFL by a user, or of EPFL’s having, in particular, a legitimate interest in protecting users and the Fusebox community against fraudulent activity, EPFL may take the following action:

• Delete registrations or other content

• Issue warnings to users

• Limit usage of the Fusebox platform

• Provisional blocking

• Definitive blocking

When deciding what action to take, EPFL shall take account of the legitimate interests of the user in question, the Challenger and the Fusebox community. No action taken is subject to appeal.

 

12.2 Exclusion from use

EPFL may definitively exclude a user from the Fusebox platform (definitive blocking):

• If said user knowingly presents the ideas of a third party as being his or her own

• If said user communicates incorrect contact details, in particular an incorrect or invalid email address

• If said user transfers his or her member’s account to a third party

• If said user causes loss or injury to a member of EPFL staff, a Challenger or the Fusebox community as a whole

• In the event of said user’s repeated breach of Fusebox regulations.

• On any other grounds deemed to be serious.

12.3 Restitution

Following the definitive blocking of a user, no claim to restitution of the user account or to the product of participation exists. A user is no longer authorized to use the Fusebox platform from the time he or she is blocked, even via other user accounts, nor to re-register.

13. Closing of the account

The user may close their account on Fusebox at any time. Any communication may be addressed to Fusebox at the following email address: fusebox@epfl.ch.

14. Final provisions

EPFL reserves the right to change its GCs at any time without stating a reason and the user shall be notified via the platform.

If one provision of these GCs is or becomes ineffective the remaining provisions shall not be affected thereby. The ineffective provision shall be replaced by a provision that approximates as far as possible the purpose and spirit of the ineffective provision. The same applies in the case of gaps in the regulations.

The present GCs are subject to Swiss law. The competent jurisdiction is that of Lausanne.

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