Hi everyone! I’ve been reading all the forum comments about EN members’ experiences with quirky, but haven’t really seen anyone address the troubling legal issues that seem to be cropping up. Something just doesn’t smell right.
I signed up for quirky a few weeks ago—thought it might be a good place to pitch a “quick” invention, one that I would never be interested in taking to market myself. But I don’t really understand what you get for your $100 entry fee. True, you do get community feedback on the R&D and marketing of your product… but that doesn’t seem to guarantee that you the product will ever go anywhere, and while you have to sign over your IP rights to quirky, they state that the legal protection of your invention is up to you, not them.
Even more troubling is that Quirky seems to have little interest in the legal viability of the products they are developing. I keep getting emails to participate in a “new” dual-chambered water bottle that seems verrrrrrrry similar to the “swigz” bottle (http://www.swigz.com/) already PATENTED and on the market. Yet Quirky is moving forward with this product.
Whats the deal? Why would they “develop” a product that could only end in a lawsuit the minute they try to sell it? I just don’t get it.
Is there anyone out there who has had a good/bad experience with quirky so far?