Can Getting To Market First Stop Copycats_ [Podcast]A recent China Law Blog article outlined why getting to market first with your new product isn’t great protection against copycats these days, especially if corners have been cut in the name of speed.

Some entrepreneurs believe that skipping IP protection and launching quickly will mean copycats can’t copy them quickly enough before they’ve built their brand and made plenty of sales and if there are IP infringement issues they can handle them later.

Sofeast’s CEO Renaud Anjoran will explain why this isn’t the case in this episode. You’ll learn who is waiting to copy your idea, the benefits and drawbacks of getting lots of press for your new product, steps you should take to protect IP, and more…


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Episode sections

  • 00:00 Introduction. 
  • 00:31 – Current China/Hong Kong Covid-19 situation, quarantine, and visas. 
  • 05:41 – What is the ‘First To Market Argument?’
  • 11:20 – Is being first to market always beneficial? 
  • 12:21 – The importance of strong IP protection.
  • 13:40 – Does it make sense for low profile products to get to market quickly and deal with IP protection later? (This concept was discussed in episode 71 by Renaud and Andy Bartlett).
  • 18:55 – What should higher profile product launches do? 
  • 21:07 – The 2 main IP infringement risks you face:
  1. Your own manufacturer will copy your product and place it on the market first before you. 
  2. Copycat companies will notice your product’s signs of success and market traction and copy you. 
  • 28:06 – Why creating a lot of buzz about your new product before it goes to market can be dangerous.
  • 35:48 – How to combat being copied?
  • 38:41 – Wrapping up. 


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One response to “Can Getting To Market First Stop Copycats? [Podcast]”

  1. Kat says:

    Copy Cats and clones are a huge problem. The most shocking is when you see Amazon copy a successful product. Amazon will always win and get priority with their adds. It’s a vicious cycle. You create a successful product which you invested in then you pay Amazon for their adds, then they make a knock off and knock you out of position by placing their own product in adds above yours. They make the product cheaper and they drive your margins down and kill your success. Then they shut you down with accusations of old inventory, stranded products and any other algorithms secret to lower your score and get rid of you. You take the risk, they jump in and put you out of business. We need protection from this. I’m not sure a patent is enough to stop the giant.

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