I am designing a new BBQ. How do I protect my design so that nobody will copy it? Plus how do I sell the idea to somebody to manufacture it as it will be the only type in the world.
I am happy to let you know that we have covered both of these topics extensively and I can suggest the following links to learn about IP protection, registration and enforcement. I also included links to articles and short videos that explain the “blackbox” concept of production.
Additionally, you will find links about distribution and models for working with manufacturers to sell your product globally. In short…be very careful as you are about to swim with sharks.
Group One: Protecting the idea
Group Two: Distribution/ Selling via Manufacturers
If you would like introductions to China based companies that can help you manage your supply chain in a safe way, please check out www.SourcingServiceCenter.com where I keep a list of endorsed service providers who have done a good job for me on similar cases.
Let me know how things work out for you.
Question answered by Mike Bellamy.
Advisory Board Member & Featured Blogger at the not-for-profit China Sourcing Information Center (www.ChinaSourcingInfo.org). Author of “The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing” and founder of PassageMaker Sourcing Solutions.