Protecting the IP (Intellectual Property) for custom products made in China is not an easy task. Many people believe having their products made in China somehow increases the risk of that product being copied. It may be interesting to consider that companies who manufacture exclusively in the US, also have their ideas and products copied by someone who ordered it from a website, bought it from a brick and mortar store, or, in some cases, by a company who surfs patents on the web. As technology improves, safeguarding IP becomes a more complex process. For companies today that are involved in custom product manufacturing in China, as elsewhere they are quickly discovering that it’s best to be proactive and take whatever precautions they can and then, even more importantly, be willing to defend their right to that product design.
Working to Improve Standards
Speaking to China specifically, China is working to ensure their laws and regulations regarding intellectual property reflect international standards. Infringers and counterfeiters remain a concern as they become increasingly sophisticated. China manufacturers, along with manufacturers in other countries that make custom products for their global customers, remain aware of this as they strive to protect their reputation, as well as that of their customers. It should be a better-known fact that factories never want to reveal anything about their customer’s products. Why? Those products are the factory’s bread and butter.
Having an IP Protection Strategy
Most US companies are aware that they must have an IP protection strategy in place. That process takes effort. Whereas creating such a strategy may seem simple enough implementing it isn’t that simple. When it comes to China and custom product manufacturing, IP protection will always be a factor, but no more a factor than a product manufactured in any other country. Products manufactured in China have not “cornered the market” for being copied. From management to the legal team, everyone has a role in this responsibility. A liaison partnership company like ITI Manufacturing has over 40 years’ experience helping to ensure their client’s confidential information is guarded with the same effort as their own. This is in addition to their deep manufacturing expertise, their wide network of reliable Chinese factories, their competitive landed prices, and their no manufacturing defects guarantee.
Taking Preventative Measures
Preventative measures must be put in place to protect intellectual property. This includes trademarks, copyrights, and patents, depending on the type of custom product you want to protect. ITI’s sphere of influence begins prior to the time proprietary details are shared for quoting purposes. ITI Manufacturing’s professional China staff is routinely on-site at the Chinese factory.
Getting the Right Help
Companies in need of a trustworthy manufacturing liaison in China can always turn to ITI Manufacturing. Our success depends 100% on our client’s success, by ensuring their products are manufactured to their exacting specifications. ITI Manufacturing is known for its professional experience in assisting US-based companies through the process of successful China manufacturing. If your company is experiencing manufacturing issues in China, contact us today to speak with one of our experts. The call, as well as the advice, is complimentary…so are quotes for qualified products.
Call ITI Manufacturing toll free at (281) 242-7030.