This hand lotion you speak of sounded very familar to some posts I remembered from back earlier in the year. Curiosity got the better of me so I searched "posts" and ran across two - one is here. If you do a search of "posts" using hand lotion you`ll find the other one. Someone going by the moniker of "Think Tank" was trying to help this person launch a hand cream to the working man - the Home Depot/Lowes kind of guy. Anyway, the discussions abruptly ended ... until now. Just wondering if this is the same product. I believe the name of the product is "Larsons."
I have to agree with Craig - licensing the product would appear to be a good route to take, IMHO. He gave a good example. Another is Mossy Oak camo patterns. Mossy Oak camo patterns are designed and owned by a group out of MS, Hayes Outdoors. Just a small family owned business who have brought in some "smart" people over the years and have grown Mossy Oak to the #2 camo brand in the world. Russell Corporation (recently acquired by Warren Buffett`s Fruit of the Loom company) has had the license to Mossy Oak for years for Mossy Oak Apparrel. But Hayes also licenses the MO pattern to hundreds of other companies for use on other products. Russell has the rights to certain items but not even all clothing items.
Point here - licensing is a good way to get rights to market a product. And the agreements can be written in hundreds of ways. My advice ... get creative if you really think you can market this hand lotion product. Go for it!
Edit note: The link to the previous post worked a couple of times when I checked it but sometimes not. Worse case, use the search filed at the top of this page to find the past post.
Nope - R@ is just a quick and easy initialization of my first and last name. Previous job - way, way, way back - required initialing a lot of work so that became my moniker. When handwritten, the ampersand encicles the cap R.
If the guy wants to continue manufacturing the product, why not go out under a new label, i.e.: private labeling?