Sports Medicine Idea Center


Sports Medicine Idea Center

Many of the advances at DePuy Synthes Sports Medicine come directly from you - the physicians, nurses, healthcare workers, and researchers - who know and use our products every day.

That’s why we created the Idea Center

Here, you can submit your ideas directly to us and be a part of developing the next generation of breakthrough sports medicine care technology. 

Whether you have a suggestion to improve a Mitek product that’s already on the market or an entirely new idea or invention, we want to hear from you. Together, we can continue to advance patient care through thoughtful, collaborative innovation.

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Our Breadth of Research

Johnson & Johnson is the world’s most comprehensive manufacturer of health care products and services for the consumer, pharmaceutical, medical device, and diagnostics markets. Our family of companies manufacture and market thousands of products covering a wide range of diseases and conditions. As such, our research and development interests encompass all fields of science and engineering that promise to have a positive impact on human health.

If we think it will keep people moving, we want to find it.

How to Submit an Idea to the Sports Medicine Idea Center

Are you ready to be a part of the next significant breakthrough in sports medicine? 

We’ve compiled a step-by-step guide to developing, protecting, and submitting your ideas to the Idea Center so that we can work together to make better products for patients and physicians worldwide. 


Step #1: Develop Your Idea

The first step to developing an idea is to research to determine its marketability. “Marketability” refers to the anticipated reception of your invention in the market.

To decide if your idea is marketable, ask yourself:

  • Is there a need for this product/service?
  • Is anyone else already providing it?
  • If someone else is already providing it, can I do it better?
  • If I’m pitching my idea to a company (like DePuy Synthes), does this fill an unmet need within their company?

The internet is a vast resource for finding relevant market information. Likewise, a visit to a health sciences library at a major medical school can provide additional resources to begin researching medical specialties and procedures.

The Inventor’s Bible, written by Ron Docie, Sr., is also an excellent resource for anyone looking to develop and launch new products or services. We highly recommend referencing this before submitting your idea to help you further determine the marketability potential of your submission.

If, after market research, you find your idea is indeed marketable, it’s time to develop it.

To fully develop a new product or service idea, we recommend:

  • Discussing your idea with other experts and asking for feedback
  • Researching similar devices or services
  • Creating a strategy for design and implementation
  • Building a pitch that shows businesses and investors why your idea is relevant and marketable

Once you’ve developed your idea, and you believe it’s ready for prime-time, it’s time to move on to making your idea a reality.

Step #2: Protect Your Idea

Protecting Your Intellectual Property

If you have a suggestion or invention that can potentially improve or even revolutionize surgery or tissue repair, it is important to protect your intellectual property.

To protect the rights to your invention, you should document the conception date (when you came up with the idea), a description of your concept, and an illustration of the proposed product (if applicable). Then, have the documentation signed by a witness who has no ownership of the idea and understands its purpose and functionality.

Any innovation submitted to DePuy Synthes Sports Medicine should have a patent filed or are actively in the process of securing a patent. However, if you cannot secure a full patent, a provisional patent may be sufficient to allow discussions to begin.

Please visit the following United States Patent and Trademark Office website for further information about US patents and procedures: http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/doc/general/index.html.

We also recommend consulting a patent attorney for expert advice on protecting your intellectual property.

Step #3: Decide How to Sell Your Idea

Licensing Versus Selling an Idea

If you decide against developing your idea alone (which many inventors do), you have two options—licensing or assigning. Licensing is, in essence, leasing an idea. Assigning is the full sale of a patented idea.


Assigning or selling rights to your invention requires that both parties agree to a projected worth of the product. When you sell your invention, you assign your rights to a company in exchange for a cash sum, usually paid upfront or at agreed-upon milestones in the development process.

Assigning can be a difficult process in the rapidly changing healthcare market, as the projected worth of a product can quickly shift. Additionally, variable costs required for research, development, and implementation can make this a less attractive offer for many medical device companies.


When you license an invention, you offer a company the right to produce and sell your invention for a designated period of time for an agreed-upon compensation.

Advantages to Licensing:

  • Improved Odds: In some circumstances, licensing may be better than selling. Companies often prefer to engage in licensing contracts with inventors because licensing reduces the uncertainty and risk of estimating the value of an invention without its worth being quantitatively proven in the marketplace.
  • Distribution of Investment: Licensing may also be preferable to the sponsoring company because it allows them to better manage cash flow. A company has to invest capital to research, purchase raw materials, engineer, manufacture, market, and promote your invention. Paying the inventor in full initially is an added drain on resources that could be directed to creating the best product most expediently.

Step #4: Submit Your Idea

Now you’ve gone through all the steps above, and you’re ready to submit your idea to DePuy Synthes. Congratulations! Follow the steps outlined below to send us your great idea.

At the DePuy Synthes Sports Medicine Idea Center, we focus on Orthopedic Sports Medicine and Shoulder Reconstruction solutions. Therefore, we prefer idea submissions related to these areas of practice, and the submission of ideas outside these areas may result in a delayed response.

To submit your idea:

  1. Download the Submission Form
  2. Complete this form and attach only non-confidential information pertaining to your idea that you may care to provide. You will not be required to disclose any confidential information, and any confidential information you submit will be returned without review.
  3. Email your completed form and attached documents to [email protected] for review

After receiving your submission, we will send an email confirming receipt. We will contact you directly if more information is required to understand your idea's composition, functionality, or some other aspect.

You are welcome to contact the DePuy Synthes Sports Medicine Idea Center at [email protected] regarding the status of your idea at any time. We look forward to hearing from you!

Note: DePuy Synthes Sports Medicine can only accept non-confidential information, including information that is contained in patents, or published patent applications, or that has previously been publicly presented or otherwise publicly disclosed, or suggestions for improvement to existing products. By submitting such information to us, you consent to our use of this information for evaluation. You also agree that the information you provide will be governed by this site’s Privacy Policy.