I contacted Petmate/ Doskocil Mfg because I was told they were Inventor friendly. Little did I know how friendly they were until I asked for a nondisclosure from them. They are so friendly they are willing to take your idea off your hands and keep it for themselves without compensating you one nickel. Read the letter below and beware this company unless you are in a generous giving mood.
Dear Mr. Brown:
Thank you for contacting Doskocil Mfg. with your new product idea. We welcome new product innovations and are pleased that you have chosen to share your idea with us.
We have a standard process for managing new product ideas submitted by anyone not employed by Doskocil Mfg. This process states that all product ideas must be accompanied by our standard non-confidential disclosure agreement form signed by all parties significantly involved in the idea, before Doskocil can review any information.
By returning this form, you indicate that you agree to allow Doskocil Mfg Co, (Doskocil), Petmate, and or DoskoSport the right to use your idea in any way it sees fit.
Doskocil values your ideas and welcomes your feedback. Please note, however, that Doskocil does not solicit or pay for your creative ideas. If you choose to send us feedback, you acknowledge and agree that you do so voluntarily and that no contract or confidential relationship beyond the scope of the attached form is thereby created. Please read the enclosed non-confidential disclosure agreement and if you understand and accept the terms, sign & return it along with any documentation on your idea. Doskocil is not responsible for the return of any materials submitted.
You agree that you did not get the material from another person and are free to provide it to us. You also agree that Doskocilâ€™s review of your material does not mean that it is unique or original and that Doskocil may independently have created or create in the future something substantially similar or identical to your submission, with no liability or obligation to you. The content of your submission will become and remain the sole property of Doskocil, and we shall be entitled to unrestricted use of your material for any purpose whatsoever, without compensation to you.
Once we have received the signed non-confidential disclosure agreement and your documentation, we will put your idea into our review process.
Again, thank you for contacting Doskocil Mfg. with your new product idea.
New Product Submissions Group