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Approaches to Selling Part 2: Working with producers and manufacturers

Published 19.10.11 at 13:25

Commissioning somebody else to manufacture and distribute your own designs can be a daunting prospect. Here, Designer Helen Johannessen talks about her journey from making it herself to trusting a producer to manufacture and take her designs to market on a larger scale.

Please note that this video discusses the legal position in the UK at the time of publication. It provides general information only but is not to be regarded as legal advice. You must take advice from a specialist lawyer in relation to your specific circumstances. Further, you should seek additional legal advice when dealing with parties based in other parts of the world or works originating from other parts of the world as the legal position may vary.

For more information on finding and working with a manufacturer listen to our Podcast, Design into manufacture - Making the big leap; available here http://www.own-it.org/knowledge/design-into-manufacture-making-the-big-leap

You may also like to view a sample licensing agreement with a manufacturer, available here - http://www.own-it.org/contracts/56

Resources:

Design into manufacture: Making the big leap

I'm a designer: what do I need to know about IP?

The IP Guide to...Industrial design

Doing business in China - A practical guide for creative businesses

Merchandising Agreement

Own-it Copyright Factsheet

What steps should I take to protect IP rights that I can't register?

Own-it Registered Designs Factsheet

How to protect your company or brand name


Credits:

Designer: Helen Johannessen

Lawyer: Margaret Briffa, Briffa

Camera: Donald Bousted

Camera Assistant: Alex Hedley

Post Production: Best Bits Media Ltd

Produced by Silvia Baumgart

Narrated by Nick Kaplony

Photos by Sussie Ahlburg, Full Focus and Gareth Hacker

Filmed at Cockpit Arts and the Business Design Centre

Commissioned by Own-it

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