Idea Submissions

Idea Submissions


Great ideas come from all kinds of places and take time and cultivation to move along the path from a great idea to a fully blossomed reality. At Nautilus, Inc. our brains work in wonderful ways to find solutions to some of the fitness industry’s most common challenges with a big focus on connectivity. Some are big hits, and others may fall short, but we aren’t afraid to try. We welcome your ideas around both digital solutions and hard goods. If you have something to share, be sure to read the guidelines below.

What We Are Looking For:

We are requesting patented and published patent pending ideas that answer some of our consumers’ most common challenges:

“I don’t have time to exercise.”

Lack of time is consistently cited as the number one reason people don’t exercise. What patented or published patent pending ideas do you have that will get the desired results in less time?

“I can’t stay motivated to exercise.”

Do you have a patented or published patent pending idea for a product or digital experience that makes exercise fun and engaging?

“I want to exercise and be healthy, but I don’t know where to start.”

In today’s world, information about exercise is so readily available that it is sometimes confusing and discouraging. What patented or published patent pending product idea do you have that is intuitive, simple, effective and not intimidating?

General (addressing a different need or goal)

Do you have a patented or published patent pending idea for a home fitness product that doesn’t fall into one of the categories listed above? We’d love to hear about it!

Idea Submission Process

  1. Submit your patented or published patent pending idea
  2. We review your patented or published patent pending idea
  3. You are contacted to negotiate terms*
  4. Commercialization begins
* if the decision is no, you will also be contacted


Frequently Asked Questions

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. Please keep reading.

I’ve submitted my idea, what happens next?

Upon reviewing your patented or published patent pending idea, Nautilus will provide feedback to you, whether deciding to move forward or not.

Why submit my patented or published patent pending idea?

If you have a great patented or published patent pending idea for a fitness product, submitting it on this site is one way to get it in front of the right people. Unlike other inventor help and ideation companies, we have the ability to take your patented or published patent pending idea to market. We also have well respected brands and a track record of successful product launches.

Do I get paid for my patented or published patent pending idea?

If we like your patented or published patent pending idea, we’ll contact you to discuss a licensing agreement. Within a licensing agreement, we typically agree to pay inventors a fee for each product sold. This fee, called a royalty, depends on the uniqueness of the product idea and the existing or potential patent protection. For example, if we agreed to a 2% royalty rate on net sales revenue for a product with a net sales revenue of $500 per unit, you would get $10 for every one of those products sold. 10,000 products sold would equal $100,000 paid to you, the inventor.

Does my idea need to be patented?

No, but you must have a pending patent application that is published. We will not consider any ideas that do not have any existing or published pending patent protection. Further, we only want to consider your idea once the patent application is published to protect your interests in your non-published patent application since anything submitted to us is received on a non-confidential basis.

Doesn’t Nautilus invent things internally?

Yes, we do, but we recognize that by reaching out to inventors outside our company, we are tapping into a tremendous resource for innovation well beyond the capabilities of our internal team by itself.

What if my patented or published patent pending idea doesn’t meet the needs you call out on your site?

As long as it’s a patented or published patent pending idea related to home fitness, please submit it. We are always open to seeing great new ideas.

When will I be contacted?

You will receive a confirmation of receipt after your patented or published patent pending idea is submitted. After we evaluate your submission, you will be notified if we are interested in pursuing your patented or published patent pending idea or if we have any questions. It typically takes 14 to 18 weeks for us to review your submission and notify you whether or not we are interested in your patented or published patent pending idea.