We’ve Lost our IP

Eastek was able to reverse engineer the customers product line, enabling them to regain control of their IP for the first time in 20 years.

The challenges we faced

Intellectual Property Ownership

The company lost control of their intellectual property as the supplier claims ownership of the technical information, making it difficult to re-source the product line.

Lack of Technical Documentation

The company does not have access to designs, drawings, and other crucial data developed by the supplier, hindering their ability to transfer the product line to another supplier.

Dependency on a Single Supplier

Relying solely on one supplier limits options for alternative sourcing, making it challenging to respond to market changes effectively.

The Challenges

An industrial controls company had entrusted their entire product portfolio 20 years ago to a Chinese-based supplier.  This included having the supplier develop designs, drawings, models, BOM’s, schematics, tools, test protocols, and test/assembly fixtures.  This approach worked very well until 2021 when they made the decision to re-shore their product line due to tariff, transit costs, and transit times dramatically increasing.  When the company approached the supplier for access to the technical information, they were informed the information belonged to the supplier; not the company.  In other words, the company had lost control of their intellectual property and was unable to easily re-source the product line to another contract manufacturing supplier.

The Solutions

When approached by the industrial controls company, Eastek first deployed its design services team to evaluate the product portfolio and determine if and how the products could be reverse engineered to the company’s specifications.  Eastek quoted a two-phased approach; Phase 1 entailed the complete re-design of the company’s portfolio which included schematics, 2D drawings, 3D models, BOM’s, tools/fixtures and material supply chain.  At this point, the customer could have taken the completed design package to any contract manufacturer to quote Phase 2, which was the production quote.

The Results

Eastek was awarded both phases of the project and over the next 24 months designed and launched the company’s product portfolio. Most importantly to the customer, all the design work created by Eastek’s design services team is the intellectual property of the company.  They now have total control of their IP.

“Without Eastek, I’m not sure how we would have continued forward. Not only were we able to continue future generations of our product, but we now have our IP back in our hands and under our control.”

Vice President of Engineering

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