When I first picked out my product, I ensured, crossed my T’s and dotted my sentences that my product was not patented AT all. You don’t want to have a successful product, and then get either:
1. Banned by Amazon
2. Sued out of existence
Private label has a lot of moving parts, and you need to do your due diligence before picking a product, and executing on it. The best way to do a quick search is
http://patft.uspto.gov/ – Link in show notes.
In addition, look at your competitors. Do they have the exact same product? Do they have patent or Registered marks on their product? Being registered is different from having a patent. But being registered means the business is protecting their logos, copyrights, and potentially their engineering design. So those are good signs to look out for.
One of my competitor puts “Patent Pending on the bottom” of their product. This raised a lot of curiosities on my end? If the patent clears, does it mean I can’t make that product? So I did a ton of searches…turned out they had patented a specific component of their product that didn’t exist in mine.
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