How To Prevent Your Manufacturer From Stealing Your Idea

Can a manufacturer steal your idea? How do you protect it?


Manufacturers can steal your idea by selling your product to other customers. This is common but it does not have to happen. You can protect yourself.

There are several ways to do this. First have the manufacturer sign a contract stating you own the tooling if there is any. It should also state that the manufacturer cannot sell to other customers. Your best bet to enforce this contract if there is a problem is by having it written in the language of the manufacturer.

Other options include patenting your product and trademarking your brand in the country of your manufacturer. This will give you further recourse if the factory decides to sell to other customers.

There is no fool proof way to prevent abuse from a manufacturer. However if you are smart and take basic precautions you can protect yourself.

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Apr 20, 2014
Preventing a manufacturer from stealing your idea...
by: Karen

Hi - my name is Karen and I live in Seattle, WA.

I am new to this site and I just read your inquiry about the possibility of a manufacturer (or anyone really) stealing your idea(s). Before you present your idea/product to anyone, you could/should have them sign a non-disclosure/non-compete agreement. I have done this before and am happy to share with you the little bit that I do know if you have a few minutes :)
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Feb 07, 2014
I think I have a good idea but nervous to suggest it
by: Anonymous

I know it is sure to be on the market soon if I dont act, but dont know where to start. Should be easy prototype.

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