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Seeking advice reverse engineering a product

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I am purchasing a product that i know consists of recycled rubber however there are other components and compounds that help make this product material very robust for a specific industry. I am working with the nearest major universities materials engineering department and am trying to figure out the other compounds to make it up;

My questions is, does anyone know of any tactics or strategies when dealing with overseas manufacturers of your prints/patents and how to best get them to meet your needs and specs and qualifications? 


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freyinnovations's Avatar

I don't understand the question. If you give a manufacturer a specification, it is up to them to meet it.

Thom C
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chappy75's Avatargold

That is such a hard question to answer, primarily because how confusing it is. I don't have patents manufactured overseas.

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I agree with Steven. If you go to a manufacturer and give them the CADs, specs on what you are wanting made, the size of the run and the materials you want used for the parts they should be able to tell you if that is within their capabilities and give you a breakdown of costs, shipping, etc.

You might want to also run it by manufacturers in the U.S. and see if they can meet or beat the quotes you get from overseas. Try looking in thomasnet.com for manufacturers that work on the field you are targeting.

One thing you did not clarify is are you looking at making an existing product? If so are you sure you will not be infringing on their patent?

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Be careful when working with major universities because the universities may have a claim to a share of all proceeds derived from what you may think is your own intellectual property.   Einstein kept most of his early work secret because he believed once you open up an idea to academia and professor scrutiny (not necessarily professional!), it is no longer your idea. The need for college professors to get published sometimes leads them to do drastic things.

James Chapman
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Another concern with using overseas manufacturers for your product is they'll have all the information they need and the resources on hand to make your product at the cheapest cost possible.  Once you divulge the information to them, they are essentially teaching you how to make and sell your invention!  The same goes for the help you get from local universities.  That could be especially troubling if you don't plan on spending thousands and thousands of dollars to obtain foreign patents or for patents that protect future improvements to your invention. Those who have been through it already stay with Edison Nation!  They're the surest bet you'll ever get in this business.  The key, however, is to learn and do as much for yourself as possible.  If you're doing things correctly, inventing will at best be a very precarious and stressful endeavor.  At worst, you can lose a lot more than you bargained for.

Mark Bartlett
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Great points Jimmy's Band... you do have to read that contract with the University. Likely, they will want a portion

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