How To Prevent Your Manufacturer From Stealing Your Idea

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

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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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Oct 01, 2021
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Prevent your idea from being stolen. NEW
by: Anonymous

First do a write up (and if not capable take help from Official Patent Lawyer ) , and then submit to the appropriate Patent Office , In USA the Patent submission can be by simply fill the form add your write up ( what is it what does it do that is so different , ... loads of stuff on google ) include $75 and submit... for a PPA ( Provisional Patent Application ). This saves some $5000 plus that lawyers demand for a full Patent application.... DO NOT DO THAT EVEN THOUGH THEY WOULD INSIST.No point in you spending that amount , so take the cheaper option ( I have done 5 times up to now) Once you have submitted , no one can copy it
. The down side is that it is only valid for ONE YEAR,,, and not the full 20 years one.... but by sending your write/videos/ to various co.s , you will know was it a good idea or nor. Good Luck. Jack Shah.

Oct 04, 2020
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Keep Your Mouth shut! NEW
by: Anonymous

I had an idea that when I went to have web designer create website my idea was immediately compromised even though I had them sign a NDA up front. This company beat me to market and now making a fortune! I hired am attorney but I could no longer afford the billable hours.

Its hard to fight when you don't have the financial resources to do so. BUT make sure everything is Trademark, Patent or copyright BEFoRE you discuss with anyone!

Sep 14, 2019
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Stolen ideas
by: Anonymous

Over the years ive had ideas for certain products that ive never known what to do with. Eventually i end up buying it off of a shelf. This last one i shared with a company he talked me out of the idea only to produce it themselves. Again i bought the product. I wish i could do something about it. Ill come up with something else and this time will be very cautious of whom i share it with.

Apr 20, 2014
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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 :)
Karen (cash59@msn.com)

Feb 07, 2014
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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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