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Old 02-12-2018, 03:33 AM   #1
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I am an electrician from New Zealand. Any suggestions on who, or which company is best to contact in the US in regard to getting representation for a new safety apron product I have invented for wearing when working up ladders?
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Old 02-12-2018, 04:15 AM   #2
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File your patent application in your home country, New Zealand.

Then it's a simple matter to re-submit the same materials to our patent office.

The patent experts have largely unified and systemitized the mechanisms.

Hence, it's COMMON for a patent filed in the USA to be cloned all over -- and vice versa.

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Getting it into production and distribution is another matter.

You're best off producing your product locally until it catches fire.

Then, for such an item, you'll find that Red China or India will prove to be your lowest cost solution.

It's as common as dust for textile factories in both nations to take on production orders from 1st World clients.

As for distribution, you can launch via eBay -- to test the waters.

One should visit the NECA// IBEW showcase in Autumn to reach all of the key players in North America.

It's there that you'll bounce into every heavyweight executive in our industry. It's the one trade show that they can't skip.

Deals such as yours are usually nailed down in a hotel room right next to the convention.

You might also take a peek at lining up a 'Factory Representative.' These are independent salesmen that specialize in bringing new products to the market.

They actually have their own association -- the works.
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Just a word of warning though. Anything related to “safety” here will require you to carry massive amounts of product liability insurance. As soon as someone misused it and gets hurt, their lawyers will sue you for not making it 100% foolproof.
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As for your question I think 3M Honeywell would be a great place to inquire, just get your patent first as a bargaining chip in your corner.
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Hi Guys (are we still allowed to say that!!)

Thanks for all your responses. I do have my US patent application filed and have had a small production run to test the waters online, here in New Zealand, so can tick off a few of the boxes. My research to date shows that, due to state sales taxes, selling online in the US is becoming increasingly onerous for small sellers, especially international sellers, with public liability insurance also a major stumbling block. I think my likely plan of attack is to align myself with a US company that is already "in the game" with a licensing type arrangement as, the more I look, it appears it is too hard being a small fish trying to swim with the big boys!!

Thanks again for your help and advice.
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Hi Guys (are we still allowed to say that!!)

Thanks for all your responses. I do have my US patent application filed and have had a small production run to test the waters online, here in New Zealand, so can tick off a few of the boxes. My research to date shows that, due to state sales taxes, selling online in the US is becoming increasingly onerous for small sellers, especially international sellers, with public liability insurance also a major stumbling block. I think my likely plan of attack is to align myself with a US company that is already "in the game" with a licensing type arrangement as, the more I look, it appears it is too hard being a small fish trying to swim with the big boys!!

Thanks again for your help and advice.
Licensing is the reason I said to get your patent first.
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I am an electrician from New Zealand. Any suggestions on who, or which company is best to contact in the US in regard to getting representation for a new safety apron product I have invented for wearing when working up ladders?
I don't know how they deal with their their product development but Rack-a-tier has a pretty solid sales network. Might be worth it to talk to them.
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