I contacted Harvey Reece today. Here is the letter I sent to him, his response and my response back to him.
I have some product ideas that I would like to submit to Harley Davidson.
I have been making the club jewelry and accessories for Ugly MC. for over twenty years. This is the motorcycle club that Willie G. Davidson and his son Bill is in. When I started making things for the club back in 1998, I thought it would get my foot in the door for licensing with Harley. It never did. What it did do though is open my eyes to the realities of life and business.
Here is one of my aftermarket products. It is called a derby cover and it goes over the clutch of a 2000 and up Harley Davidson twin cam motor. It's 7" in diameter and made from 6061 billet aluminum .I have 12 other designs, but this is the one that Harley.... emulated ;-)
They have a similar design for derby covers that they call the Willie G. Skull. You can google the term and see the similarities. I've already talked to a few intellectual property lawyers and realize that the similarities are not close enough to violate copyright and trademark laws. That's all right though. I have quite a few other designs and ideas that I have not shown to the public and after being in this business for almost 30 years, I know that if given a license, the Harley Davidson riding public will buy them.
I have been in contact with several people over the years that were supposed to approach Harley for me, but in the end, nothing happened. I'm thinking that it is time to go to a professional to get the job done. And you seem to be the right man for the job.
Take a look at my derby cover and the take a look at the Willie G Skull ( I was making mine for about 15 years before Harley was ) and let me know what you think.
Derby covers? I don't know anythng about derby covers or skulls or Ugly MC's or twin cams or anything like that. Sorry, I'm quite sure I'd not be able to help you. Harvey Reese Money4ideas.com PS: Check out my newest book: The 12 Amazing Secrets if Millionaire Inventors. Lots of great information.You got the photo I sent you. You are aware of Harley Davidson. As far as derby covers and Ugly MC, they are both easy to google. I spent a lot of time writing my letter to you. I would appreciate a little more effort on your part.I thought that I was being rather diplomatic in my response to his response. I found him to be no help and in the end he just wanted to sell me a book. I will admit though, that he does have good information for inventors wanting to license their products and ideas on his web site.