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Sears screwed over a small-time wrench inventor — but he fought back | The Hustle

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Dan Brown did everything an inventor should do.

He identified a need in the market. He spent years painstakingly iterating his design. He invested in good prototypes. And most importantly, he secured patents.

His product, the Bionic Wrench, was a tool enthusiast’s wet dream — the type of Father’s Day gift that made dads mutter “Holy guacamole” and bashfully adjust their baseball caps. When it debuted in 2005, it flew  off shelves and racked up a trophy case of design awards.

But Brown would soon learn a difficult lesson: sometimes, a product is so good that a multinational corporation can’t keep their hands off of it.

This is the story of a small business owner who got trampled on by “America’s Most Trusted Tool Brand” — and, against insurmountable odds, decided to fight back.

Source: Sears screwed over a small-time wrench inventor — but he fought back | The Hustle

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