OATEY

Have AN IDEA

Are you a Plumber that has invented a new product (or tool) that solves a problem at the jobsite? Are you an inventor that has

created a new plumbing product that will improve people's lives? If the answer is yes, Oatey would like to hear from you. Oatey

encourages and welcomes unsolicited ideas. We love the opportunity to review new inventions and patents from our customers and

inventor community to see if we can collaborate together and bring a great new innovation to market. Please use the form below to submit your idea to Oatey.


WHY OATEY

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:

  • FUSION TM One-step PVC Cement TM
    A clear PVC cement that eliminates the need to prime pipes and fittings before application.

  • Dearborn ADA Pipe Wrap
    A durable pipe wrap that is made from soft, antimicrobial materials and conforms easily to under-the-sink pipes.

  • Cherne Clean Seal 2


QUESTIONS, FEEDBACK OR SALES INQUIRIES

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.

HOW IT WORKS

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.

1

SUBMIT YOUR SOLUTIONS

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.


2

INITIAL EVALUATION

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.


3

BUSINESS TEAM REVIEW

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.


4

AGREEMENTS AND COMMERCIALIZATION

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.



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Whether you are a first time submitter or a seasoned inventor, you are bound to have some questions around the Oatey Idea Submission process.


Why does Oatey use a website for Idea Submissions?

Once I submit my idea, what happens next?

Are there other ways to present ideas to Oatey?

Is it possible to arrange a meeting to present my idea or product?

Will Oatey return materials provided with or related to this submission?

Will Oatey keep my information private and confidential, or will Oatey disclose my information to others?

How long does it take for a product to be commercialized and launched in the market?

What is a provisional patent and how does it differ from a regular patent?

Will Oatey pay for any of my patent and/or patent application fees?

If Oatey wants to move forward with my submission, how much will I be paid for it?

What if I just have some feedback or improvements on a product and not necessarily an idea for the development of a new product?

FOCUS AREAS FOR INNOVATION

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.

  • Cements
  • Sealants
  • Copper Installation
  • Putty
  • Caulk
  • Water Barriers
  • Lubricants
  • Cleaners
  • Wax Gaskets
  • Drains
  • Flanges
  • Shower Liners
  • Supply Boxes
  • Flashings
  • Air Admittance Valves
  • Pipe Support
  • Pans/Stands
  • Commercial Drainage and Other
    Pough-In Plumbing Products

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