C.H. Hanson gets the overwhelming majority of its new product ideas from Contractors, and Tradesman. There is no greater expert in the field than the people that are actually swinging the hammers and running the saws! In the last few years Hanson has licensed many new products with the help of our inventor partners:
What tools are C.H. Hanson interested in?
- Worlds first Carpenter Pencil Sharpener
- aSquare™ line of folding layout tools
- Pencil Armor® and Crayon Armor®
- Pivot Square™ (available now!)
- Slide Square™ (coming this month!)
How do I go about contacting someone at C.H. Hanson about my idea?
- Non-powered Hand Tools used in construction; Framing, Foundation work,
and roofing are a good focus but not a requirement.
- Tools that make your job easier, safer, faster or any combination of those.
- Industrial tools used in machine shops, maintenance departments,
operations and production (MROP)
Does C.H. Hanson have any suggestions for the Inventor? Yes!
- If your idea is patented, or patent pending send an email to IDEAS@chhanson.com and give us a general
description of your product.
- If your idea is not patented or patent pending, or at least have what they call a "Provisional Patent", please do not send us your idea. You would be amazed how many products we see each week and we do not want some body to think we stole their idea. A lot of the products we see are very similar to each other and a patent helps protect both you and Hanson from any disagreements.
- Check out the US Government website on patents: www.uspto.gov This is a tremendous resource, it has lots of valuable information that is not all that complicated.
- If you have limited resources, pay particular attention to the section on the website about "Provisional Patents".
They are not expensive and you can do this yourself, but it still gives you some protection and buys you some time
until you figure out your next steps.
- If you can, hire a reputable patent attorney to help you with the patent process. The difference between a good patent and a next to useless patent can literally come down to a single word. You can find good attorneys through other
inventor referrals. DON'T rely on advertisements! Check with the Better Business Bureau, Inventor Groups etc. to
make sure your attorney is a good one.
- When you want to make your pitch, provide as much information as possible;
- Who would be the users of the product?
- How many people would use the product?
- What tool does replace?
- What makes using your tool such an improvement over what people are doing now?
- Where would somebody buy your tool and how much would they pay?
- Be persistent! Taking an invention from idea to market is hard work. Be Persistent, but also be realistic.
- Be very careful with your invention, there are companies out there that will want you to spend a lot of money with them and give you empty promises. Do your background research and Good Luck!