Peter Manning - Full Size Kits Ltd


tl_files/2017/Peter Manning - IMG_3142 CP.jpgRead the compelling story of how Peter Manning (Full Size Kits Ltd) has put IP at the heart of his business strategy and how he has made full use of his ACID Membership Benefits to protect his IP and support his business!

When did you first start creating your products and designs?

I started with my first product innovation in 1984 and have developed many concepts over the years. I licensed some and also found investors and raised venture capital on others. Six have been produced and sold in the UK and international markets over the years.

Did you have any knowledge of intellectual property at that time?

No, so I researched and learnt (pre-internet!) but unfortunately spent a lot of money with patent agents over the years. This is a mistake that many make because they do not realize that patents are for new inventions or processes and a much better means of protecting new designs is to rely on unregistered and registered design rights which are much less expensive and easier to enforce. Keeping signed and dated drawings and, quite simply, lodging them on the Copyright & Design Databank involves a minimal cost and the evidence is held by an independent third party – ACID.

tl_files/2017/Peter Manning - FSK Photos House May CP.jpgWhich ACID Membership services have you used and how have you benefited from being a member?

I have been an ACID member for many years and benefited, I feel, from the security I felt from being a member and letting people I presented to and others know, a great deterrent.  Also, the legal help I had from the lawyers on two occasions where companies tried to steal my designs. 

I also use the ACID Copyright & Design Databank, here I upload my designs with the assurance that they are secure. I also have the option of downloading a certificate as this contains information that may be needed to prove the existence of my design. The certificate also has the Police Intellectual Property Unit logo which is a visible official endorsement reinforcing their partnership with ACID to prevent IP crime.

Have you brought anything new to the marketplace recently that you would like to share?

Yes, my latest product range 'The World's first full size plastic motorcycle assembly kit'.

I first started producing in the UK but have recently had to move the tooling and production to China with production samples expected in 3 weeks.

Initially we thought that customers would want to assemble and paint their own full size models like they did with Airfix kits when they were kids, but they wanted to buy assembled and painted as shown on the website which is not possible price wise in the UK due to the cost of labour.

tl_files/2017/Petter Manning - IMG_3080 CP.jpgWhat is best aspect of ACID Membership for your business?

The knowledge that I have the back up behind me of a major force in design protection.

What advice would you offer to a New Designer?

Join ACID and get anyone you show your designs to sign a confidentiality agreement.

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