Some companies face copycat competitors even before their products make the market. It could be that another company has reverse-engineered the product, or it may be the factory itself has sold out the design. Speaking to Benjamin Joffe for Forbes, experts recommend contracts that require not just non-disclosure but also non-circumvention and non-competition. Joffe’s piece suggests that companies file early for patents both in their home country and in the manufacturing country. Also, companies can protect themselves from clones by shipping more ambitious and more complex projects and by shipping them faster, he writes. Finally, it helps to visit manufacturing sites in person.
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