I've designed a few pieces that I want to have mass produced, and am
dealing with a manufacturer in the LA jewelry district, who won't
sign a non-disclosure agreement. He does the Rhino work, and is an
excellent designer and technician, and I'm convinced that he does not
share his files with manufacturers, but he builds or mills the pieces
in his shop and sends them out for casting. He says after it leaves
his hands he can't be responsible for the security of my designs, and
that he doesn't have confidentiality agreements with the companies he
farms his stuff out to. He claims nobody does in that area. I know he
does design and manufacturing work for some very highly respected
names in the jewelry business.
I've had things made back east, and never had a problem getting a
protective legal agreement signed.
Is this a new thing, or a California thing, or is it a big red flag?
My designs are very innovative and unusual, and I feel that I need to
Would filing copyrights on each of my drawings be enough protection,
or any protection for that matter? He says they're going to get
ripped off as soon as they hit the market anyway, and he doesn't want
to be sued for someone else's act.
I know there's a lot of experience and wisdom on this forum, and I'm
hoping someone will share their knowledge once again.
Thank you in advance.