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FAQs

 
  • How much will it cost to develop my idea?
  • Since every project we work on is unique, it is difficult to give a specific cost until we see your idea. It very much depends on the nature of your idea and how much work will go into developing it. Some clients only want a small amount of work done, for others it can be a case of utilising every service we offer, right through from a Patent search to producing a working prototype and sourcing a manufacturing partner. Some projects may cost just a few hundred pounds, whilst the development of other more complex ideas can be into several thousand pounds. We can provide you with a free, no obligation quote.
     
  • Will you keep my idea confidential?
  • Yes. Before you disclose your idea to us we ask you to sign an NDA (Non-Disclosure Agreement) which has also been signed by us. This effectively means that we cannot give details of your project idea to anyone outside our company, except our working partners who will also have signed an NDA with us.
     
  • Why don't attorneys sign NDA's?
  • IP Attorneys are bound by strict confidentiality obligations and are subject to disciplinary procedures and loss of their right to practice if they breach their obligations under the Rules of Conduct set by the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA). Therefore you can reveal your concept to an attorney. There's no need to ask them to sign an NDA because they're already bound by rules of conduct set down by their professional body to complete discretion. 
     
  • How do I know you won’t steal my idea?
  • Firstly, the NDA would prevent anything like this from happening. Secondly, we at D2M work to the ethos of honesty and integrity and our main focus is purely to help our clients develop profitable and successful products which belong solely to them.
     
  • I have no funds. Will you buy my idea from me?
  • D2M do not enter into licensing agreements with any of our clients. The reasons for this are: if we agree to a licence deal based on the product being successful, we are therefore providing all our services free up front. Eventually a company working on this basis would fold, whilst waiting for the payment based on profits. Similarly, our MD has found through past experience that clients do not want to pay sums of their profits back to us at a later date.
     
  • What services do you offer?
  • Follow this link for a full list of our services: D2M Services
     
  • What happens after I submit my idea to you?
  • A member of the admin team will sign the Idea submission form and scan a copy of this back to you. This acts as a receipt of your idea. Following this, a member of the team will contact you to discuss the idea in further depth. At this point, you may wish to organise a meeting either in Cheltenham where we are based, or London where we visit fortnightly. These discussions will enable us to verify whether your idea is viable and how we may be able to assist you. Consequently, if you wish us to, we can provide the free, no obligation quote to you. Provision of a quote may take up to two working weeks.
     
  • How do I get funds to pay for developing my idea?
  • D2M has contacts with government funding bodies, angel investors, investor networks, crowd funding websites and also innovation voucher schemes. Contact us to receive a copy of our funding pdf.
     
  • Do I have to pay for the whole project up front?
  • No. You will be expected to pay for each stage of work upfront. Once each stage is paid for, the designer will begin the work. At the conclusion of a stage, you and your designer will enter into discussions about the next step forward. At this point, the next stage will be invoiced if appropriate to continue.
     
  • I want to approach investors & manufacturers with my idea. What is the best way to do this?
  • Refer to funding document for information on investment. If you intend to approach investors, or funding bodies, having a business already set up is often a pre-requisite. Never approach a manufacturer unless you have a NDA or IP Protection in place.
     
  • How can I protect my idea /design?
  • This process often begins with a patent search, to ascertain if there are similar products on the market with patents. Patent searches range from £396.00 incl VAT for a basic search, to £675.00 incl VAT for our analysised search. The choice of patent search is dependent on the complexity of the idea, or if you are a corporate client. Often some design work is necessary prior to a search as this will help determine what is being searched for.
     
    Patent applications are carried out through Patent Attorneys (we have the ability to match you with a suitable attorney for your product). However, once the patent application is made, you are legally allowed to use the words ‘patent pending’ on any product reaching the shelves, which acts as a warning to others, that your patent is being processed. A patent only covers the functionality of your product and not the appearance.
     
  • How long does it take to get a Patent on my idea/ product?
  • Patent applications are usually approximately £2k and take 18 months from start to publication of your application. Patents are usually granted four years following application. Your patent attorney will be able to give you a timeline for all the stages involved.
     
  • What type of ideas do you develop?
  • Initially it is probably easier to say areas that we do not work in: we do not have facilities for app development or for business ideas facilitated through the internet.
     
    Primarily, we are a product design company, able to help with both the product and the packaging. We also have a range of products across many various materials. We have designers with experience in mechanical engineering, house-hold products and contacts in incorporating electronics within our products. We have a lot of experience in Rucksacks and in textile products. Recently we have developed many mother and baby products.
     
  • What is a Patent?
  • A patent offers protection for your product regarding the functionality and not the appearance. It discourages others from seeking to copy your product. However, if a copy is made, it is your responsibility to sue for infringement on your patent which is a costly and lengthy business.
     
  • What is a Registered Design?
  • A Registered Design is a legal right which protects the overall visual appearance of a product or a part of a product in the country or countries you register it.
     
  • What is a Trademark?
  • This is a logo that is instantly recognisable as being your brand name.
     
  • How long does a Patent/Registered Design/Trademark last for?
  • Patents last for 20 years, as long as the renewal fees are maintained.
     
  • I only want to divulge my idea to you in person, can I book a meeting?
  • We would prefer to sign our NDA with you and receive your idea submission form prior to booking a meeting, for the following reasons: once we have seen your idea, we may feel that it is not viable and therefore not want to waste your time attending a meeting to be told we are unable to help. Booking a meeting may also mean a delay, particularly if you wish to meet in London, as we only visit London fortnightly.
     
  • Where can I meet with you?
  • Our head office is in Cheltenham but we also have a fortnightly presence in London, in the vicinity of Paddington Station. We can also carry out skype calls or telephone conference calls.
     
  • Do you outsource any work?
  • We outsource machining and 3D printing of components. We do have extensive prototyping facilities on site in Cheltenham for fabrication, prototype assembly and testing. However if it is more cost effective, depending on the prototyping requirements, we may work with companies in the, UK, EU and Far East who have signed NDA agreements with us.
     
  • Once I have signed an NDA with you, can I approach other design companies for comparative quotes and information?
  • Yes, an NDA does not tie you to use us, it just offers you assurance that your idea is safe with us and we will not disclose it or steal it from you.
     
  • How long will my project take?
  • The timescale of your project depends on the complexity of your idea. Ideally if all runs smoothly, it may take between nine months and a year to reach the conclusion of a project, however prototyping and sampling can often present delays through the communication with manufacturing companies in the Far East which can add additional time.
     
  • Will you be honest about my idea?
  • Yes. Our company motto is honesty and integrity and we have been known on several occasions to inform potential clients that their idea is not one worth progressing, giving reasons behind such a decision. As far as we can, we try to be realistic with you about the process and the cost involved. Our reputation rests upon our honesty and integrity and we would not want to risk jeopardising this by providing anything less and upon request we can provide references if necessary.
     
  • Who will work on my project?
  • Once you have commissioned the initial stage of work, your project will be assigned to the designer we feel best suits your needs. They will then be the principle designer on your project, but we do aim to encourage an atmosphere of collaboration to ensure your project from every possible angle. Phil Staunton, D2M’s MD is responsible for overseeing all projects, giving advice where necessary. Your primary contact will always be your designated designer.
     
     
     
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