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Improvement on Japanese beauty/bath product

    • 14 posts
    September 24, 2012 10:06 PM EDT

    You should ask someone that works in this domain and I am sure you will get answers to all your questions. If you want to be successful you have to come with something new and interesting like, buying their patent and making changes in the design is not one of the best ideas, first you should invest a lot of money in advertising to attract lots of clients.

    • 1 posts
    March 2, 2012 7:33 AM EST

    Hi all,

    This is my first time posting to this forum so please forgive me if I'm going about it the wrong way!

    I have a few ideas on how to improve and market a Japanese beauty product to appeal to consumers in the U.S. but am not sure what the next steps I should take would be. The product is basically a type of bath towel and already has a U.S. patent.

    Does anyone have experience working with or proposing business ideas to Japanese (or Asian) manufacturers? I'm not sure where to begin!

    This may be a very, very dumb question but I was wondering if it was feasible to purchase their patented material (nylon/polyester blend) wholesale and then incorporate the design features here myself and sell. Do I need to partner with them or is that "stealing" their product? I basically want to use their patented towel material to create a line of bath products.

    Since it already has a U.S. patent, would I need to file another one to protect the improved product? (I would just like to make a few, minor design changes and change the packaging).

    Thanks in advance for any feedback or advice you can provide--it'll be greatly appreciated!