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.