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PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2006 7:06 am    Post subject: researching company Reply with quote


I recently set up a company, so that if I wanted to create an online solution I was ready to.

I researched the area and decided to go for it. I then found a company that was already providing an online solution.

I foolishly emailed them asking about their product, stating I was researching the solutions on offer for my sister!!! The competitor offered me a demo of their solution which I looked at and left at that, then informing my business partners about my findings.

He traced my address through my email address, as I do design website as well as he lives in the same town as me.

Then I went away on holiday. He phoned me and didn't reply because I was away. The owner came to my house and said he was suspicious and asked if I was setting up as a competitor!!! I stupidly said no.

Our solution will not look the same as his, we will not use the same code as his, and I did not look at his code. Although their will be some obvious similarities as we will provide the same solution. It would be like me designing a new version of WORD, or EXCEL there would be similarity etc.

Where does that leave me and my solution?
Do we delay?
Do I go back to the competitor in a month’s time as say we are now looking at creating an online solution now?
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd recommend that you go to a specialist intellectual property solicitor for advice - otherwise you might find yourself in some very hot water, even though you don't intend to 'compete' as such.
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