The not so fun part of inventing a product . . . .

. . . . . is dealing with weirdos who send you emails like this.  I don’t know what is more strange.  The fact that this guy is trying to threaten us to do business with him or that his name is Volkan

Here is his email:

——– Original Message ——–
Subject: RE: conquering Europe
From: Volkan >
Date: Tue, January 11, 2011 4:10 pm
To: <

Dear Scott ,

As i have understood by the european patent offices and the fact you mention it at your website, your patent is still pending. I will be following that patent request.

If it is declined, this will mean the product or better yet, a product with similarities to yours, will be free to sell freely in the whole of Europe (turkey and the rest of asia are never a problem). If that should be the case, i will order my manufacturer to start producing for this market (including the Turkish and other asian nations). I am offering you the chance to enter these markets without having a major player taking your share of the cake. In this way you make money off of every sold item in the above mentioned markets.

To give you time to deliberate, if you feel it is needed, i will await your answer before taking further steps. The time you needed to start up, does not apply to me. My initial offer stands. To be an exclusive dealer or not to be. Ride clean!

With kind regards,



5 Responses to “The not so fun part of inventing a product . . . .”

  1. Ray Donovan Says:

    In a previous sales life I asked one of my non-bike customers about business. I’ll never forget his response, “business is great, doing business sucks”.

    Sorry that you have to deal with the types of people and situations that you describe above.

    What a chucklehead !

  2. Paul Reeder Says:

    Well this is one sign of success, that scumbags recognize your product and are willing to find a threaten you. That is the bright side.

    Frankly you can have plenty of success in the U.S. and through legitimate European distributors. Ignore this idiot, don’t respond and spend good time on positive progress.

  3. susan vance Says:

    i would definitely get my lawyer to check that out, just to be smart and protect yourself.

  4. Ken Says:

    Regarding one of your past blogs, you can always get into the running market too. We are intellegent (gullable) folk that will give your bottle a shot.

  5. Elena Says:

    Wow….what a scumbag! Just consider this a symptom of success! I love the ingenuity of the clean bottle and would love to feature it on my blog, if you’re interested.

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