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I've just come upon a need for a Toyota Tacoma related item.

But, I have no clue on how to make, market and patent such an item.

Can anyone give me any pointers to start to manufacture something. How can I make sure a company that I ask to make the item won't steal it from under me and make it themselves or have another company make it?

Is the first step patenting it?

or

Actually making a mock up of it?

Any input appreciated.
 

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You can't patent an idea so you'll have to make it first (I don't know whether a prototype is enough for a patent). Check for a patent office's website and see if they can tell you what they require for you to register a patent for your item.

e.g. do they need:

- a prototype?
- a working model?
- a marketing idea?
- target audience? (not likely)
- what it's for

etc etc.

If you need help, just ask but don't tell them what it's for... just say it's a home project or something.

Good luck!
 

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You will need a design (drawings or plan)
A concise explanation of how it works, what it does.

Look up confidentiality agreemrnt, that is what you will need the fabricator to agree to in writing.
 

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Thank you guys. This is perfect and gives me a direction.

I have to make the thing first, because I can't patent an idea. The first big step.

So, I'm going to make it.
 
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