Home Cosmetic Science Talk Formulating Why do contract R&D Lab Manufacturers want to keep ownership of my formula?

  • Pharma

    February 22, 2020 at 6:01 pm
    There’s another discussion regarding your question ;) .
    Short version: Sure they do but it’s not advised to hire that sort of company. Get a more trustworthy one which gives you the right.
  • EVchem

    February 24, 2020 at 2:05 pm


    Here are a couple previous discussions on this:


    But yes CM typically keeps ownership unless you somehow negotiate for it (could be built in after selling so many units for example). I’m sure the real reason is money, but I like to think it’s because the formulators put time into tweaking, stabilizing, enhancing the formula so  even if you come with a general idea, it’s the CM who finally realizes the concept into a product. 
    If you do a true tech transfer- formula goes as is from your hands to the CMs, then you should definitely still own the formula, that’s how it works at my current job.

  • Herbnerd

    February 26, 2020 at 12:57 am

    It should be one of those discussions you have with a CM before you impart any information. Some labs will have different fees depending on whether they own the IP or whether you retain ownership regardless of the work they have done - and in which case, they may charge you a development fee.

  • DesignRockstar

    March 23, 2020 at 5:03 am

    Thank you for the links above, and for the advice everyone.  

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