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Old 26th September 2016, 07:30 PM
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Big companies are just a collection of Ordinary people who can, on occasions, make errors of judgement.
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Old 27th September 2016, 09:39 AM
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From my experiences, it can be best to sell the design unless you have some very strong backers.
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I tried that route years ago as well, very difficult to sell something without revealing the idea and once you do that they just go off and do it anyways, there is no honour in business.
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Old 27th September 2016, 10:12 AM
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I tried that route years ago as well, very difficult to sell something without revealing the idea and once you do that they just go off and do it anyways, there is no honour in business.
Indeed, I remember being pitched my own work once in a directors meeting by a creative company, needless to say, they didn't get the job but it was hilarious.
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Old 27th September 2016, 03:13 PM
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My wife makes Very expensive Artist Teddy Bears for Hamley's in London.
She had an e-mail off a very good customer asking if she was selling her Bears on e-bay as there were some on there that looked familiar.
I checked it out. The woman selling them had apparently had a dream about a certain style of Bear in the middle of the night, woke up and managed to do a sketch before going back to sleep. This she put in the e-bay description.
Fair enough you would think. Could be genuine, this dream happened 6 months previous.
So this woman started making them.
The problem she then had was me asking why she had blatantly copied the exact design of my wife's bears, height, shape, style and features.

She totally denied it - right up to the point where I pointed out that my wife had come 2nd in a National competition down in Brighton with exactly that style of bear 6 years earlier. In fact hers and my wifes bears could pass as twins.
The photo's had been put in the Teddy Bear Times magazine. The Magazine afforded my wife copyright for the image.
The stupid woman had even put the same coloured ribbon round it's neck.

She no longer makes the same design of Bear as it could have cost her 1000's in compensation. My wife was over the moon, as were Hamley's.

Just occasionally it is easy to sort out. And the Governments "Intellectual Property Office" is only too ready to help the little guy.

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Old 27th September 2016, 06:12 PM
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I tried that route years ago as well, very difficult to sell something without revealing the idea and once you do that they just go off and do it anyways, there is no honour in business.
Get them to want what it will do and later reveal the design. If possible try to have something that no else can know. Having a model of the air flow and effects on pellets of a design of moderator could be one example. You get them interested that you have the best design of moderator, then sell a design of moderator. But you still have the IP so you can create future designs. That why investors want you and your IP.
Having written that, I guess it is obvious.
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