The Hamideh Firm, P.C. represents clients in idea submission disputes. Unlike copyright law, idea submission claims may protect "ideas" through implied contracts. An implied contract may be created when the creator of an idea submits the idea to another party (usually a production company or studio) for the purpose of selling or pitching it, and the parties come to a mutual understanding that the recipient will pay for any use of the idea.
Successful idea submission plaintiffs are entitled to damages, including "the reasonable value" of their submitted ideas, lump-sum value, royalties based on number of uses, percentage of defendants' profits, compensation expected from the idea submitter, and sometimes even all profits derived from the idea.