We have received many questions from the Dragon’s Den panels, one of it was if Chinese factories made copies our idea and sell same design products, how can you handle this situation? By manufacturing our gloves in China there are multiple significant benefits such as saving money due to the low production costs, whilst on the other hand it may be risky as they could copy and enhance our idea. In case of duplication from China, what can we do to protect our design from these dangers?
In the past centuries agriculture, industry and commerce were the major skills required, as for now we have developed into a new era of growing importance of design. Through technology advances design has increasingly innovated which is used to create stronger competitiveness, as we can alter consumer’s perspective. In order to prevent design from mimicking, progressing and improving design would be the most suitable solution as it is more difficult to steal the advancing ideas. If copyright doesn’t exist and plagiarise is allowed, there would not be any special and upgraded designs, only low qualities will remain and unique differentiated designs would diminish as ideas get stolen and there are no incentives to be more creative.
My response towards the question would be as following. First my group will register insurance with copyright in order to prevent any illegal behaviour and misuse of our design. Last but not least we will request a Chinese business as our confidential business partner in a close corporation relationship manner because we can trust each other since risk is shared and as one of our group members has a connection. In addition this design is not a big issue in China, therefore the chance of copying our product is unlikely.