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    Anonymous
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    Hi all, we’re looking to outsource the manufacturing of our soft toy, ideally to a contractor here in Oz in this start-up phase – but getting nowhere fast with finding any Australian companies that deal with toys! Finding nobody here is kitted up for this type of sewing and stuffing job; if anybody has any suggestions, be much appreciated. Starting to look into Asia as the next best option, so any suggestions there also appreciated – hoping to be able to do a small run of 500 or so, initially….
    Also wondering how we should be protecting ourselves when approaching manufacturers; apart from having trademarked the toy name and registered the design here in Australia, should we also be issuing some sort of confidentially agreement when putting our patterns out there to potential manufacturers?

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    sam_leader
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    Hi Shakey,

    Good question! We’ll ask our community via our Facebook and Twitter pages and see if we can get some leads for you to follow.

    Cheers,

    Sam

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    Johny
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    Also wondering how we should be protecting ourselves when approaching manufacturers; apart from having trademarked the toy name and registered the design here in Australia, should we also be issuing some sort of confidentially agreement when putting our patterns out there to potential manufacturers?

    You will find 2 things-

    1. Starting with a small run, noone will be interested to copy your design anyway. It’s only if/when it gets to a reasonable size that anyone will consider copying it.

    2. You can have any manufacturer sign a NDA, some sort of privacy agreement or an agreement not to show your product as part of their promotional information on their website. But ultimately-

    – if they are not trustworthy they won’t adhere to it anyway and
    – even if you get a manufacturer who is trustworthy, if your product becomes
    popular there is nothing to stop it being copied by someone else anyway.

    I know those comments make it sound all scary, and the reality is that there are honest and reputable manufacturers that will be happy to help you. My point is that ultimately there is no full protection against anyone copying your product if it becomes popular.

    Different if you are only interested in the Aust. market as you have trademark protection.

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    Steve – Adoria Photo
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    I know that Creata Group manufacture the soft toys for McDonalds (Happy meals etc) in China. It may be worth making enquiries with them to see if they can assist or recommend another company for you.

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    Dealing direct with China can be difficult and frustrating if you haven’t done it before. Try here:

    https://www.freshpromotions.com.au/soft-toys/custom-soft-toys

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    AMK Law
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    Hi there,

    Irrespective of the manufacturer’s location, it is very vital to conduct your due diligence. Some questions you can consider are as follows:

    • Is the manufacturer a genuine manufacturer?
    • Are they registered with their country’s equivalent of ASIC?
    • Is the a reputable business in the industry and do they have policies and/or system in place to protect their clients’ Intellectual Property? You may be able to find information from rating, reviews and testimonials about the business.

    As a business, you must consider how the manufacturers are going to use your intellectual property (IP) and steps you can take to best protect your rights.

    Prior to providing the copies of design and process to the manufacturer, you may consider entering into what is called a manufacturing agreement (MA). MA is an important document that can both directly and indirectly protect your IP. For example, not only you can seek IP protection against the manufacturer, you can also include provisions that provide you protection against the manufacturer’s contractors, suppliers or other providers. Moreover, you can include clauses that deal with dispute resolution in the event of breach of the MA or any of its clauses.

    Disclaimer:
    This information is of a general nature only and it is not, nor is intended to be, legal advice. If you wish to take any action based on the content of this publication, we recommend that you seek professional legal advice.

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    This is a very very very old thread 4 years in my calculations, and it looks like the OP hasn’t being on for that amount of time.

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    This is a very very very old thread 4 years in my calculations, and it looks like the OP hasn’t being only for that amount of time.

    Probably a good thing given the legal advice provided.

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