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Anybody produce an invention / product?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by mrdann, Mar 18, 2010.

  1. mrdann

    mrdann

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    Anyone here come up with an idea and actually produce it? My friend and I invented a product that is composed of fabric and molded plastic. My friend actually made a working prototype and we took it to a "Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing" company in Texas. We paid them a $3,500 "engineering fee" with a contract to order a minimum 500 units when their "engineered model" was complete. We are ready, willing, and able to order 1,000 of them. We belive that we have a hot product, that will sell, and we want to move on this. The damn company has yet to provide us with the working model. It's been over a year. They blame the Chinese. Apparently, NONE of the design, engineering, or production is done in the USA. They sub out EVERYTHING to China.

    How did YOU get your product made and into the market?!
     
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  3. pugman

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    I have an idea...and its a good one...original...and I've never seen the product on the market. As a pet owner targeting pet owners I have a huge potential market.
     
  4. zoyter2

    zoyter2 Yeah, so what?

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    I think that you have lost everything you MIGHT have made on a big level by choosing a production company that makes everything in China. IF your idea is any good, it has been stolen, and will be made, marketed and sold by a Chinese firm now.

    You did everything right, up until you chose THAT particular company.
     
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  5. Peace Warrior

    Peace Warrior Am Yisrael Chai CLM

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    I've had tons of ideas, both real and intellectual, stolen and "stolen" from me.

    One of my best was what is now known as the "rawl nail." Yep, that was me, but I didn't get to the patent office quick enough...
     
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    I was involved in the early stages of this invention.
    www.walkerwheelwinch.com
    There were fundamental differences of opinion on the design, so my buddy (yes we're still buddies) bought me out. I'm not involved with it anymore, but it's still pretty cool.
     
  7. mrdann

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    I hope you're wrong, but fear this very outcome. WE COULD NOT FIND ANOTHER MANUFACTURING COMPANY. THIS COMPANY WAS THE ONLY ONE THAT RETURNED OUR CALLS AND EMAILS! They're corporate office is in Texas for God's sake. Who's more American than TEXAS?

    We haven't seen "our' product for sale yet, but expect to see it more as each day passes. Not sure what to do now. We still can't find another company to make it, were out the 3,500, and we're no closer to a finished product than we were a year ago.
     
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    DriBak GUNS UP Millennium Member

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    That is a very real risk. It isn't a given.

    It isn't even remotely likely unless it is something that already has a market base. China and Taiwan handle massive amounts of prototyping and production for the rest of the world. While there IS a greater risk of being ripped off by it being produced there, the vast majority is not.
     
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    hamster NRA Life Member

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    Thats complete BS. If he gets the appropriate Patent Lawyer in the US then he has nothing to worry about. Even if you produce something locally you have no guarantee that someone in another country won't try to copy it. The only way you can protect you idea is with the appropriate patent law in your target markets.

    My recommendation is for you to go to China and meet with several contract manufacturers yourself. Cut out the thief middle man who is screwing both you and the manufacturer.

    If you'd rather build the product in the US, there are a number of small contract fabricators/manufacturers in every city.
     
  11. zoyter2

    zoyter2 Yeah, so what?

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    Yeah, I happen to know for a fact just how China trembles when threatened with a patent violation by a US lawyer! :rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
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    american lockpicker License to Il

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    Maybe not, but a US patent lawyer can protect the US market.
     
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    Pima Pants Urine Idiot

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    <<<< Invented leakproof pants.
     
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    hamster NRA Life Member

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    Thats why I said get patents for your target market countries.

    If you have a patent in the US see what happens when they try to knock it off and sell it in the US. So what if they sell it in China?
     
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    Bump for an interesting thread.
     
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    this is a bump
     
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    gearjammer351 EnemyOfTheState

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    Honestly, I am out of my depth. This is not something I am familiar with at all, but I am truly sympathetic to your plight.

    If you need to use the legal system and using someone in Texas is the best option, a good friend of mine is a partner in a respected intellectual property law firm in Dallas. PM me if you need contact info.

    From their website: