Don`t let China manufacture it, and for that matter don`t even let China hear about it. Patenting something in the states holds water, but I`ve been reading some horror stories from small and large entities about Chinas blatent disregaurd for anything patented or copyrighted, and marketing the knockoffs right back to the US market without penalty. Sure they`ve been doing this for some time, but it`s starting to get taken to the extreme.
I have nothing against Chinese folk, and I`m sure other less engaged countries are doing the same thing, I`m just noticing this alot from China now that many US manufactureres have outsourced their manufacturing to them and the like.
I`m trying to avoid the same problem. I have a patented cheap automatic transmission for bicycles that can replace every one-speed on the planet because it gives a way to pedal up hills when you have to. It`s a utility patent, total novelty in principle.
Anyway, it`s a high volume product, it can be sold on every bike under $100 in the USA because it won`t cost more to make them than a regular gear cluster.
Current project status is: Needs funding for the manufacturing prototype, what you will see on the sales floor, along with an overview of the basics on how to make them since nobody has ever made them before. My agent has the high volume bicycle making group interested and waiting, but I, the inventor, is worthless for collateral and financing as a small, sole-proprietorship company so need help with that end of things.
This step should allow them to hit the market running and since it`s fairly simple it won`t be easy to make any significant improvements for a while.
Assembly lines look to be at about 1,000 units/hour per line so can support a volume market above 5-million units a year from a single factory.