End-To-End Physical Product Development for Startups & Small Businesses

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MAKO Design + Invent is the original firm providing world-class consumer product development services tailored to startups, small manufacturers, and inventors. Simply put, we are the leading one-stop-shop for developing your physical product from idea to store shelves, all in a high-quality, cost-effective, and timely manner. We operate as one powerhouse 30-person product design team spread across 4 offices to serve you (Austin, Miami, San Francisco, & Toronto). We have full-stack in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, patent referral, prototyping, and manufacturing services. To assist our startup and inventor clients, in addition to above, we help with business strategy, product strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. Also, our founder Kevin Mako hosts The Product Startup Podcast, the industry’s leading hardware podcast. Check it out for tips, interviews, and best practices for hardware startups, inventors, and product developers. Scroll down to learn more about Mako Design + Invent!

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End-To-End Physical Product Development for Startups &
Small Businesses

MAKO Design + Invent is the original firm providing world-class consumer product development services tailored to startups, small manufacturers, and inventors. Simply put, we are the leading one-stop-shop for developing your physical product from idea to store shelves, all in a high-quality, cost-effective, and timely manner. We operate as one powerhouse 30-person product design team spread across 4 offices to serve you (Austin, Miami, San Francisco, & Toronto). We have full-stack in-house industrial design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, patent referral, prototyping, and manufacturing services. To assist our startup and inventor clients, in addition to above, we help with business strategy, product strategy, marketing, and sales/distribution for all consumer product categories. Also, our founder Kevin Mako hosts The Product Startup Podcast, the industry’s leading hardware podcast. Check it out for tips, interviews, and best practices for hardware startups, inventors, and product developers. Scroll down to learn more about Mako Design + Invent!

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The MAKO Design Process

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FEATURED BY

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MAKO IS FOR:

for startups

For Startups

Mako pioneered the design firm model of providing world-class product development but tailored to early stage companies. If you’re in the early startup phases or in the startup scaling phase for a physical hardware product business, it’s key to work with an end-to-end design firm that can take your product from sketch to scaling, all under one roof.

for small manufacturers

For Small Manufacturers

Working as a design firm for your small product business or manufacturing operation is monumentally different than doing design for Fortune 500 product companies. We specialize in, and were the first design firm tailored to small business clients (from startups to companies under 100 employees). If you’re a small manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, distributor, etc., Mako Design is tailored to you.

for inventors

For Home Inventors

Have an invention idea? We have developed hundreds of products for individuals in addition to providing end-to-end solutions, strategy, and connections to help our inventor clients with all elements to get from Idea to Stores Shelves! Simply put, not only were we the first design firm to focus on world-class product design tailored to early stage products, but we also help inventors with many other elements.

SMART

Skillful, Marketable, Accelerated, Responsive, Targeted

Founders of the S.M.A.R.T. Product Development model for new product development

Mako is the first firm providing world-class product development exclusively and tailored for small business and startups. In order to best service these innovators, Mako pioneered the S.M.A.R.T. Product Development Model : A highly successful product design model to strategically and cost-effectively develop high quality products from sketch on a napkin to production, all in record time and with high-impact market results – An ideal solution for small product businesses.

This model was forged 20 years ago when all world-class design firms were focusing almost all of their work servicing Fortune 500 product companies through scattered, lengthy and costly design processes. Over 20 years Mako tweaked, refined, and improved the Rapid Development Model on over 1,000 projects with dozens of designers across North America. Now, simplified variants of this model are used all over the world. Founder Kevin Mako now teaches this model to numerous design organizations and companies, as a lecturer at the Masters of Engineering Program at Ryerson University, and of course, to Mako Design clients!

Click Here to get in touch and learn more about our Rapid Product Development model.

SMART

Founders of the S.M.A.R.T. Product Development model for new
product development

Skillful
Marketable
Accelerated
Responsive
Targeted

Mako, the first firm providing world-class product development exclusively and tailored for small business and startups. In order to best service these innovators, Mako pioneered the S.M.A.R.T. Product Development Model : A highly successful product design model to strategically and cost-effectively develop high quality products from sketch on a napkin to production, all in record time and with high-impact market results – An ideal solution for small product businesses.

This model was forged 20 years ago when all world-class design firms were focussing almost all of their work servicing Fortune 500 product companies through scattered, lengthy and costly design processes. Over 20 years Mako tweaked, refined, and improved the Rapid Development Model on over 1,000 projects with dozens of designers across North America. Now, simplified variants of this model are used all over the world. Founder Kevin Mako now teaches this model to numerous design organizations and companies, as a lecturer at the Masters of Engineering Program at Ryerson University, and of course, to Mako Design clients!

Click Here to get in touch and learn more about how the Rapid Product Development model works.

SELECT PROJECTS

SELECT PROJECTS

Packhopper by Rover Tennis

Packhopper by Rover Tennis

The World’s First Portable Public Transportation Cup Holder for Trains Buses. Mako’s Involvement:  Rover Tennis came to Mako with the…

TriPlunger Bathroom Plunger

TriPlunger Bathroom Plunger

Product Description: Redesigning the bathroom toilet plunger to fit the shapes of this toilets made in the year 2000 and…

Comfy Cup

Comfy Cup

The World’s First Portable Public Transportation Cup Holder for Trains Buses. Client Website: Buy one on Amazon (4.5-star rating!):  ComfyCup…

CarGenerator

CarGenerator

Check out how Jon Schloo earned $100,000 on Dragon’s Den from Jon’s great idea that MAKO Design + Invent designed! …

Kharaband Battery-Extending Watch Band

Kharaband Battery-Extending Watch Band

Harp came to MAKO with a complex challenge – Create a flexible watch band, full of lithium-ion batteries, that connects…

GoFish Underwater Camera

GoFish Underwater Camera

A complex consumer electronic project idea that lead to booming success for the clients! Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering, and fully-functional…

Clasp Magic Jewelry Device

Clasp Magic Jewelry Device

Ideation, design, engineering, prototyping, and production for a game-changing device that makes it super simple to put jewelry clasps on! …

Performa Series Gym Lock

Performa Series Gym Lock

Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering to get this consumer product into production in an incredibly short period of time.  Buy…

VOCA Eyewear

VOCA Eyewear

VOCA’s patented AutoLoc™ lens retention system allows fast and secure lens changes, easier than you ever thought possible. The innovative…

WHY CHOOSE MAKO?

WHY CHOOSE MAKO?

The pioneer firm of this industry

Mako was the first firm in North America to provide world-class product development tailored specifically to the small folks – Inventors, Product Startups, & Small Manufacturers. We have been the leader in the high growth space since founding it in 1999. This required majorly improving & modernizing everything about the design business.

Super-friendly designers who are great people

Since Mako is by far the most applied-to product design firm in each city that we have an office, we get the pick-of-the-litter hires. Not only do hires need to be top technical designers, but they also need to past the “weekend test” – Is this hire someone you and your family would love to invite to your home for the weekend?

Heavily modernized and improved design process

Pioneering an industry also required completely overhauling the archaic product design process of the past. Using state of the art software, top designers, cloud management, and a development library of almost 1,500 products we designed, Mako now makes product development streamlined, logical, efficient, and to a very high calibre, all at startup level costs.

The Result: Low Cost, High Quality, Trusted, & Efficient

As a result of all of the above categories, our clients receive a high quality product, built to modern standards, in a much quicker development time, at a far lower cost, and with strong trust between all stakeholders. This has kept us at the top of an industry, ensuring that we deliver exceptional value to create winning product after winning product for the inventors, startups, and small businesses that choose Mako.

Complete end-to-end product development

From a sketch on a napkin to mass manufacturing, and everything in between – Mako is a one stop shop for getting a product off the ground and scaling it to the big leagues, all under one company. Including important peripheral stuff such as business strategy, patent referrals, distributor/wholesaler connections, crowdfunding partners, etc.

Actual top calibre design talent

Half of Mako’s team is mid to senior designers from Fortune 500 product companies including Dell, Nike, Bose, Boeing, and others. Not just great designers, but specifically the best builder designers – Those who were doing CAD design all day every day for their whole career. A minimum of 5-years full time CAD experience is required just to apply to Mako.

Winners of dozens of the biggest awards

Not only has Mako won over 30 awards, but many of the really prestigious and difficult to win ones such as Red Dot, Inc5000, Growth500, Entrepreneur360, Best Design Firm in North America, and so on. This is even more impressive when you consider that we won all these general industrial design industry awards despite focusing exclusively on small business clients.

SELECT CLIENTS

SELECT CLIENTS

car generator logo
cheese sleeve logo
millybutton logo
bombardier logo
bose logo
cnct logo
clasp magic logo
club it logo
comfy cup logo
companion bike logo
invacare logo
petbot logo
reliable logo
rover tennis logo
valence logo
yip yap logo
Alison Brett, Clasp Magic
Alison Brett

Inventor

“I have worked with MAKO from product conception to manufacturing and I know that I would not be where I am today if I had not made the decision to work with them. It has and will always be one of my best decisions ever!”

“I have worked with MAKO from product conception to manufacturing and I know that I would not be where I am today if I had not made the decision to work with them. It has and will always be one of my best decisions ever!”

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Alison Brett, Clasp Magic Alison Brett, Clasp Magic
Alison Brett

Inventor

“I have worked with MAKO from product conception to manufacturing and I know that I would not be where I am today if I had not made the decision to work with them. It has and will always be one of my best decisions ever!”

“I have worked with MAKO from product conception to manufacturing and I know that I would not be where I am today if I had not made the decision to work with them. It has and will always be one of my best decisions ever!”

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FEATURED MAKO POSTS

FEATURED MAKO POSTS

Mako Wins Back-to-Back Silver in Agency of the Year Awards by Ad World Masters

Mako Wins Back-to-Back Silver in Agency of the Year Awards by Ad World Masters

It’s official – Mako Design has won another Silver Ad World Masters Canadian Agency of the Year Award! That’s two... Read More

An Unprecedented Year: MAKO Design in 2020

An Unprecedented Year: MAKO Design in 2020

To say the least, 2020 was an unprecedented year for the entire world. But, with adversity, we see opportunity and... Read More

Mako Design Listed as A Top 20 Design Firm by SGA Talent!

Mako Design Listed as A Top 20 Design Firm by SGA Talent!

At our Texas product development agency, Mako Design, we work hard to provide the best product design and development services... Read More

Our Client Product, the ROVER Packhopper on Display at the Red Dot Museum Winners Exhibit!

Our Client Product, the ROVER Packhopper on Display at the Red Dot Museum Winners Exhibit!

About the Red Dot Museum Winners Exhibit! The Red Dot Awards celebrate their design awards in more ways than just... Read More

Mako Design Wins the Coveted Red Dot Award for Concept Design with the ROVER Packhopper!

Mako Design Wins the Coveted Red Dot Award for Concept Design with the ROVER Packhopper!

At our Texas product design studio, Mako Design, we are constantly striving to push forward and innovate the field of... Read More

The ASL Head Array Designed by Our Director of Design, Tim Uys, Wins the 2020 Mobility Award!

The ASL Head Array Designed by Our Director of Design, Tim Uys, Wins the 2020 Mobility Award!

The team at our Austin industrial design agency, Mako Design, is always looking for new ways to innovate and bring... Read More

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2020 Mako Student Innovation Award!

Congratulations to the Winners of the 2020 Mako Student Innovation Award!

Earlier this year, we were excited to begin our annual Mako Student Innovation Award hosted with Ryerson! Our Toronto industrial... Read More

Mako Design Makes the Shortlist for Creative Pool’s 2020 Annual!

Mako Design Makes the Shortlist for Creative Pool’s 2020 Annual!

A goal that our Ontario product design agency, Mako Design, is continuously striving to accomplish is creating high-quality product designs!... Read More

A Closer Look at Mako Design’s Latest Trophy Awards!

A Closer Look at Mako Design’s Latest Trophy Awards!

Mako Design works hard as a California industrial design agency in order to deliver the best quality design services to... Read More

meet the mako team

meet the mako team

Kevin Mako

President and Founder

Tim Uys

Director of Design

Magnus Skold

Senior Industrial Designer

Michael Lyons

Sr. Electrical Hardware Engineer

Bruce Lee

Senior Industrial Designer

Ryan Davidson

Senior Product Strategist

Robert Colgan

Design Strategy Manager

Leona Lyons

Project Manager

Sophie Fornaro

Industrial Designer

Paul Davis

Industrial Designer

Demsey Kirkwood

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Jared Elliott

Mechanical Design Engineer

Evan Hughes

Industrial Designer

Joe Shim

Finance Manager

Simran Kaur

Electrical Designer

Kaitlyn Smith

Project Manager

Nav Singh

Electrical Designer

Junnel Cadiz

Office Coordinator

Sara Hassan

Product Community Educator

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21 years at Mako Design. Masters of Engineering lecturer. International keynote speaker. Duke of Edinburgh gold. HBA from Ivey & HKU. 6 entrepreneurship & education boards. Host of Product Startup Podcast. Private pilot.

25 years industrial design & mechanical engineering. Senior designer at Nike Golf and Dell. Many awards. Student lecturer. Keynote speaker. NDip 3D Design and BTech in Engineering & Design. 3 years in the military.

20 years of experience exclusively doing industrial design. Lecturer for design students. Designed for Dell, Texas Instruments, Airwalk, & Stryker. Bach in Art Foundations and MDES in Transportation Design.

10 years in electronic design & manufacturing. Past hardware engineer at Flextronics and Freescale. Specializes in embedded low-power consumer electronics. Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, Texas State.

25 years in industrial design. ID instructor at Gemini School. Prior senior designer at Bose & Peterbilt. BSID Design at Auburn, Automotive Design at College for Creative Studies, A.S. Commercial Art at Tampa Tech.

10 years experience in development, manufacturing, and sales & distribution for consumer products. Strategic mentor to product startups succeed in the market. Keynote speaker. King’s University & Brock University.

10 years of exclusively doing industrial design. Specializes in stylish and modernized product design language. Developed over 100 projects for Mako Design. Bachelor of Industrial Design from Humber.

10 years office management and project management. Project Management Professional candidate 2020. 3 years military training. Ensures on time, on budget, & top-notch. Diploma in business admin & management.

5 Years of Industrial Design. Prior product industrial design at Procter & Gamble. Prior designer at Mattel. Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Cleveland Institute of Art with an industrial design designation.

10 years experience doing exclusively industrial design. Focuses on modern, sexy, minimalist design language. Product Design Engineer graduate from Edinburgh University.

10 years of mechanical design and product engineering in the consumer, aerospace, and toy industry. Former senior mechanical designer at Boeing and Moose Toys. Licenced PEng and Bach of Mechanical Engineering.

9 years of experience as a Design Engineer. Lean 6 Sigma designer. Prior Product Engineer at Porocel & Smith-Blair. Prior Manufacturing Supervisor at Cooper Tires. BSc Mechanical Engineering at Arkansas University.

6 years exclusively in industrial design. Specializes in aesthetic and functional physical product design and development. NDip 3D in Design and BTech in Engineering & Design.

15 years of experience in bookkeeping and finance. Specializes in accurate records, budget planning, and resources management.

8 years experience in PCB Design. Masters of Engineering in Electronics and a Bachelor of Technology degree (ECE). Substantial experience in PCB Design & manufacturing, assembling, soldering and In-Circuit Testing (ICT).

9 years of experience in project management in product development. Specializes in project management software, project effectiveness, and project organization. Bachelor’s Degree in Design from OCAD.

10 years of experience in Embedded Hardware design. Bachelor's Engineering in Electronics. Associate at the Indian Institute of Technology. Prior designer at the Indian Army’s Defence’s Simulation Division.

The wonderful person that you first talk to when giving Mako a call and who is keeping the office organized and efficient. B.A. in Environmental Design.

7 years in content curation. Speaks four languages. Specializes in research, education, content curation, and expanding the product development community as a whole. Bachelor of Communications and Philosophy major.

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Kevin Mako
Kevin Mako

President

Kevin Mako
Kevin Mako

President

“It’s extremely exciting to be revolutionizing the incredible industry of industrial design and development. For each project we earn, we are given the responsibility of developing something amazing to disrupt and improve an entire product market segment for the client. Our goal, simply put, is to make our clients’ product businesses hugely successful.”

“It’s extremely exciting to be revolutionizing the incredible industry of industrial design and development. For each project we earn, we are given the responsibility of developing something amazing to disrupt and improve an entire product market segment for the client. Our goal, simply put, is to make our clients’ product businesses hugely successful.”

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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What types of products does MAKO Invent specialize in?

MAKO Invent specializes in a broad range of products, primarily in Consumer Products – Home ware, garden, tools, toys, consumer electronics, games, furniture, etc. With years of experience developing hundreds of products for home inventors and small product firms, our design and research team is well diversified in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, plastics, metals, wireless transmission, PCB chip boards, and textiles. We also have developed a wide array of partners, distributors, and factories across many product categories.

Why do you focus on Home Inventors and Small Business?

Simply put, we love the small-time inventor, and we have good reason… While all of the other development firms were scrambling to take a piece of the big-bucks from the large product corporations, we decided to go against the profit-driven grain and focus on the home-inventor with a small budget. Our philosophy was to streamline and simplify the product development process so that we could offer the same caliber of service for a fraction of the cost, and thus make it affordable for a regular person to get a product to market. At first, the competitors shrugged us off; however, what they didn’t realize is that 1) 40% of products are derived from home inventors, 2) Home inventors put way more thought into their product idea than a corporate employee, as it is something they truly and deeply care about, and 3) Regular people are the ones thinking of the best ideas because they are the ones who are identifying a real solution to a real problem in their own day to day lives… So, what happened when MAKO Invent took this route? Within a matter of only months, MAKO Invent saw explosive growth. A huge and unforeseen need was out there, and now that need had a realistic option available. By 2008, MAKO Invent became the largest invention development firm in North America catering to small business and home inventors, and we are quickly overtaking the US (it will just be a matter of time).

Can you help someone go from just an Idea all the way to Store Shelves?

Absolutely!  That’s literally been our motto for over 15 years.  Everything that we do here is intended to streamline the product development process so that literally anyone, from any walk of life, can turn their product idea into a successful business.  We do all of the heavy lifting in the back end, so that you can focus, through our advice and guidance, on getting your product to market.  Give us a call to learn more, it’s really quite amazing what we have developed over the years all to help inventors and startups.

I came across your site on the net, tell me more about your company.

We would love to show you everything about our company! As a quick re-cap, we are the largest physical product development services firm in Canada, and are well on our way in the US and England.  We’ve been around since 1999 (how time flies), have developed literally hundreds of projects, have won a number of design and invention awards, have products in 71 countries and over 500 retail stores, have thousands of inventors on our Social Media platforms, and have creative think-tank product development shops right downtown Toronto Ontario, Austin Texas, and London England.  Check out the many news articles on us too, we get written up all the time.  The best thing you can do is just come in and see us, even if it requires a quick flight – Meet the actual team of designers and product strategists that will be the actual ones working on your project – They are unreal, and well known in the product development industry.  And if you think this sounds expensive, it absolutely is not, for many reasons (see more FAQ below for more info on costs, etc.).

Do I get a Patent first, or Develop first?

MAKO works with many 3rd party patent agents and patent lawyers to help protect our clients’ intellectual property.  Most of our clients file a patent after they are at least part-way through product development, and usually after the prototype is complete. If you patented first, then made any changes in the development, you would then have to do a second patent, which might even be nullified due to the first one!  Most of our clients file at the end of development so that they have their intellectual property protection stretched out as long as possible. In the mean-time, prior to filing, you can protect yourself in talking with a company such as ours through signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement, which basically is an agreement between two parties to keep discussions confidential.

Do you help with Patenting a Product?

We work with many amazing and cost-effective 3rd party patent agents and patent lawyers.  Since we have long-standing relationships with them, we are able to get substantially better pricing for our clients on patent work from them, and we know who is best suited for most specific product types.  We want to ensure that your intellectual property is protected so that you have the best chance of success in the market.  Since every product and business is unique. MAKO helps to ensure that the client’s business strategy, design, and patent strategy are aligned.

I'm on a limited budget, what does all of this COST?

This is the beauty of our business model – By bringing all development services in-house including research, design, prototyping, patenting, and sales/distribution, we have exponentially streamlined the development process.  Simply put, our startups get to utilize world-class design on a shoestring budget. We also have spent years developing an unreal design philosophy called ‘Brilliantly Simple Design’. This design process ensures that we only develop what you need to succeed, without any unnecessary frills – And it also means that our designs look super clean, sexy, and modern (check them out on the ‘Our Work’ page), AND are simple and reliable to manufacture.

I'm interested and I would like to learn more. What is the first step?!

Contact us for a free consultation, like right away! If you’re sitting on something, the worst thing you can do is procrastinate – No matter what you decide to do with your idea, at least do something with it! We are always more than willing to talk through what you are looking to do, and advise you the best and most practical way of doing it. Even if you don’t want to use our services or even if we don’t think it is likely to work, we’re still happy to help where we can as we love anyone who is helping to bring inventions to the world.

If we want to go to Production, where do you manufacture?

We manufacture in North America, Europe and Asia, and many times a blend of two or more of those countries. We will work out a detailed strategy to determine, based on each product’s unique requirements, which is the best avenue for production. As often as we can, we like to keep manufacturing local – You would be surprised, due to increased efficiencies and modern Western processes, many times local manufacturing is a cost-effective option!

How do I spot a Licensing Company or Invention Submission Scam?

Unfortunately, there are groups out there that try to rip off inventors, and we can give you the 3 simple steps to ensure that you don’t become one of them:a) Right off the bat, be wary of any organization that uses ‘royalties’ or ‘licensing’ as a sales buzzword. b) If they are offering royalty agreements, licensing deals, or something like this, ask what their success rate is. They will likely either try and deflect the question, or they will have already been sued and thus legally have to disclose the rate. If it is less than 10%, turn right around (and 10% even seems low!). c)If they pass the first two, ask them what specific industrial design software they use. Most of the bogus companies use low-end computer game software to make fake designs of what the product might look like, not the actual engineering of it. If they are not using AutoDesk, Solidworks, AutoCAD, Rhino, or ProE (the 5 industry standard software providors for product engineering), then back away.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Click on the questions below to reveal answers

MAKO Invent specializes in a broad range of products, primarily in Consumer Products – Home ware, garden, tools, toys, consumer electronics, games, furniture, etc. With years of experience developing hundreds of products for home inventors and small product firms, our design and research team is well diversified in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, plastics, metals, wireless transmission, PCB chip boards, and textiles. We also have developed a wide array of partners, distributors, and factories across many product categories.
Simply put, we love the small-time inventor, and we have good reason… While all of the other development firms were scrambling to take a piece of the big-bucks from the large product corporations, we decided to go against the profit-driven grain and focus on the home-inventor with a small budget. Our philosophy was to streamline and simplify the product development process so that we could offer the same caliber of service for a fraction of the cost, and thus make it affordable for a regular person to get a product to market. At first, the competitors shrugged us off; however, what they didn’t realize is that 1) 40% of products are derived from home inventors, 2) Home inventors put way more thought into their product idea than a corporate employee, as it is something they truly and deeply care about, and 3) Regular people are the ones thinking of the best ideas because they are the ones who are identifying a real solution to a real problem in their own day to day lives… So, what happened when MAKO Invent took this route? Within a matter of only months, MAKO Invent saw explosive growth. A huge and unforeseen need was out there, and now that need had a realistic option available. By 2008, MAKO Invent became the largest invention development firm in North America catering to small business and home inventors, and we are quickly overtaking the US (it will just be a matter of time).
Absolutely!  That’s literally been our motto for over 15 years.  Everything that we do here is intended to streamline the product development process so that literally anyone, from any walk of life, can turn their product idea into a successful business.  We do all of the heavy lifting in the back end, so that you can focus, through our advice and guidance, on getting your product to market.  Give us a call to learn more, it’s really quite amazing what we have developed over the years all to help inventors and startups.
We would love to show you everything about our company! As a quick re-cap, we are the largest physical product development services firm in Canada, and are well on our way in the US and England.  We’ve been around since 1999 (how time flies), have developed literally hundreds of projects, have won a number of design and invention awards, have products in 71 countries and over 500 retail stores, have thousands of inventors on our Social Media platforms, and have creative think-tank product development shops right downtown Toronto Ontario, Austin Texas, and London England.  Check out the many news articles on us too, we get written up all the time.  The best thing you can do is just come in and see us, even if it requires a quick flight – Meet the actual team of designers and product strategists that will be the actual ones working on your project – They are unreal, and well known in the product development industry.  And if you think this sounds expensive, it absolutely is not, for many reasons (see more FAQ below for more info on costs, etc.).
MAKO works with many 3rd party patent agents and patent lawyers to help protect our clients’ intellectual property.  Most of our clients file a patent after they are at least part-way through product development, and usually after the prototype is complete. If you patented first, then made any changes in the development, you would then have to do a second patent, which might even be nullified due to the first one!  Most of our clients file at the end of development so that they have their intellectual property protection stretched out as long as possible. In the mean-time, prior to filing, you can protect yourself in talking with a company such as ours through signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement, which basically is an agreement between two parties to keep discussions confidential.
We work with many amazing and cost-effective 3rd party patent agents and patent lawyers.  Since we have long-standing relationships with them, we are able to get substantially better pricing for our clients on patent work from them, and we know who is best suited for most specific product types.  We want to ensure that your intellectual property is protected so that you have the best chance of success in the market.  Since every product and business is unique. MAKO helps to ensure that the client’s business strategy, design, and patent strategy are aligned.
This is the beauty of our business model – By bringing all development services in-house including research, design, prototyping, patenting, and sales/distribution, we have exponentially streamlined the development process.  Simply put, our startups get to utilize world-class design on a shoestring budget. We also have spent years developing an unreal design philosophy called ‘Brilliantly Simple Design’. This design process ensures that we only develop what you need to succeed, without any unnecessary frills – And it also means that our designs look super clean, sexy, and modern (check them out on the ‘Our Work’ page), AND are simple and reliable to manufacture.
Contact us for a free consultation, like right away! If you’re sitting on something, the worst thing you can do is procrastinate – No matter what you decide to do with your idea, at least do something with it! We are always more than willing to talk through what you are looking to do, and advise you the best and most practical way of doing it. Even if you don’t want to use our services or even if we don’t think it is likely to work, we’re still happy to help where we can as we love anyone who is helping to bring inventions to the world.
We manufacture in North America, Europe and Asia, and many times a blend of two or more of those countries. We will work out a detailed strategy to determine, based on each product’s unique requirements, which is the best avenue for production. As often as we can, we like to keep manufacturing local – You would be surprised, due to increased efficiencies and modern Western processes, many times local manufacturing is a cost-effective option!
Unfortunately, there are groups out there that try to rip off inventors, and we can give you the 3 simple steps to ensure that you don’t become one of them:a) Right off the bat, be wary of any organization that uses ‘royalties’ or ‘licensing’ as a sales buzzword. b) If they are offering royalty agreements, licensing deals, or something like this, ask what their success rate is. They will likely either try and deflect the question, or they will have already been sued and thus legally have to disclose the rate. If it is less than 10%, turn right around (and 10% even seems low!). c)If they pass the first two, ask them what specific industrial design software they use. Most of the bogus companies use low-end computer game software to make fake designs of what the product might look like, not the actual engineering of it. If they are not using AutoDesk, Solidworks, AutoCAD, Rhino, or ProE (the 5 industry standard software providors for product engineering), then back away.