Inventions: Solutions In Search Of Problems
A worse situation is where an inventor's submission sneaks through the "Rejection of unsolicited submissions" process and someone looks at it, or even more commonly, the company independently comes up with a nearly similar idea. Then the inventor is certain it "Stole" his idea. When this happens the only ones who will make money from the situation are the opposing lawyers. The result is almost always sad. This is why most companies require inventors to sign a waiver before they submit their ideas.