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As a distributor if Bearings, I found a client over 10 years

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As a distributor if Bearings, I found a client over 10 years ago and along with my manufacturer, we designed a series of top quality bearings for this client.
This has gone well for all these years but now the client is trying to cut me out and go direct to the manufacturer.
I believe I have 1/3rd rights in these products, can I simply be cut out like this?
The manufacturer doesnt want this to happen but fears losing the business altogether.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 10 months ago.

Hello my name is ***** ***** I will help you with this.

Do you have any form of contract at all? What does it say about cutting you out?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
No written contract as such but all paper trails leading back to day one when they didn't even know the manufacturer.
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 10 months ago.

When you say 'we' designed bearings? Who holds a patent on them, if anyone?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
No one, it was agreed between the 3 parties, this problem may have arisen because the client is demanding we sign over IP to them but we are refusing.
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 10 months ago.

So you have not signed over the IP?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
No I have not signed over the IPR neither has the manufacturer
Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 10 months ago.

No you cant be cut out. You own the IP - they can NOT go direct as you hold the IP.

Unless they buy you out, they cant cut you out

Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?

Expert:  Jamie-Law replied 10 months ago.

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