Oatey has embraced product innovation since we developed our very first product in 1916 - a roof flashing. Though we now offer more than 6,000 products for professional and DIY plumbers, our entrepreneurial spirit is still thriving today. We are constantly seeking out new products that make plumbing projects faster, easier and more cost effective for our customers. We invite you to join us in improving our industry through new product innovation.
Recent innovations include:
While we love to receive your feedback on our products, the Idea Portal is not the correct method for providing feedback. Please use this link to help direct your feedback and inquiries to the correct Oatey representative.
We've improved our submission process to provide increased communication and set realistic expectations back to the submitter. We hope that you will find it simple and easy to follow. Here's how it works.
Simply complete our Idea Submission Form, Agree to Terms/Conditions and click Submit. You will immediately receive an e-mail confirmation that Oatey has received your idea submission.
Once your idea is received, it is forwarded to our Idea Review Council. The council reviews your idea to see if it is a fit with our strategy, product lines and other metrics. If there is a fit, your idea will move onto step 3.
After passing the initial review with our Idea Review Council, your idea will move into the business teams for a more in-depth evaluation. At this time, Oatey may enter into a non-disclosure agreement with you to enable sharing of confidential information between both parties. The team will perform an intensive evaluation of the opportunity and develop a business plan to determine if the idea could be launched as a marketable product solution.
After our business team has fully assessed the opportunity and developed a viable business plan, we would seek to form the proper business agreement with you. These agreements can take many different forms including development agreements, licensing deals, etc. With the proper agreements in place, the team would work towards commercialization and distribution of the product.
Whether you are a first time submitter or a seasoned inventor, you are bound to have some questions around the Oatey Idea Submission process.
An online idea submission system enables us to manage this process efficiently, accurately gather all the key information needed for review, and respond to submitters in a timely manner.
We have a 4 Phase process that is outlined in our "How It Works" section above.
No. Oatey requires that all unsolicited ideas be submitted through this website. Oatey does not accept in-person submissions. Any telephone calls or emails with idea submissions will be re-directed to this website for submission. This process helps ensure the submission is received and will be properly assessed by the correct functional team members. In addition, it helps protect both parties? rights and confidentiality
At the appropriate time in the review process, a representative may contact you to arrange a meeting. If a video, prototype or other materials are available, please make sure you note that on the submission form.
In the initial phases of the process, Oatey is not obligated to return anything submitted to them as part of the initial idea submission. Please do not submit anything that you wish to have returned. However, once we have entered into a non-disclosure agreement with the submitter, agreements can be made for the return of prototypes, samples and other materials.
Personal information will be held private within the evaluation team, and used for business actions only. However, nothing submitted on the initial idea submission form shall be considered confidential. Oatey?s innovation process is designed to produce solutions that address common frustrations and needs of our end users. Consequently, Oatey often seeks customer feedback early in the innovation process to determine the value of these new products and features. In order to effectively evaluate your idea submission, it is possible that it will be shared with third parties. Do not disclose anything to Oatey that you do not wish to be disclosed to any third parties. See the Idea Submission Form for additional details.
Many factors influence the time it takes to commercialize and launch a product. It is not uncommon for the process to take one or more years depending on industry codes, regulations, market launch timetables and other factors.
Under United States patent law, a provisional patent application is a type of national patent application filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), but which is not examined and does not mature into an issued patent unless further steps are taken by the applicant. A provisional patent application can be characterized as a place holder for a conventional patent application and is not published.
If your submission enters into a licensing, development or other agreement, the parties responsible for patent fees and costs would be negotiated and detailed in that agreement
Compensation is an important component of any business deal, but there is no standard amount. The value is determined through discussions between Oatey and the party which controls the rights to the intellectual property and its practice.
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Oatey is the leading manufacturer of solvent cements, roof flashings, washing machine outlet boxes, air admittance valves, plumbing chemicals, wax bowl rings, and hundreds of other plumbing specialty products. Found in many residential and commercial applications, Oatey products have earned the trust of both plumbing professionals and consumers since 1916.