Frequently Asked Questions
We work with a variety of clients from a broad range of industries. The types of clients we serve are typically:
- Small and Medium sized Businesses
- Entrepreneurs and Inventors
- Scientists and Researchers
No. The AMC and the University of Maine will not claim ownership of your inventions and unique ideas if you work with us.
The work we primarily do is what we call “project work.” We take your core concepts and work out the nuts and bolts of how to build it. We often refer to this as “packaging.” However, if you require the AMC to resolve a technical obstacle that prevents your unique idea from working, and which results in a new, unique invention, the University of Maine may assert ownership of that invention. You will have the first opportunity to license any new inventions developed by the AMC as a result of work on your project.
Additionally we protect you and ourselves with a Mutual Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA). This agreement prevents the sharing of any information with other people, and keeps any information shared from constituting a public disclosure under under U.S. patent law.
How much working with the AMC will cost depends largely on the size and complexity of your project. As a non profit in the State of Maine we charge the direct costs required to complete your project.
Project costs consist of:
- Labor Rates range from $20-$100 per hour depending on who is working on the project, from student to professional labor.
- Raw materials
- When we build prototypes we frequently start from scratch and combine off the shelf and custom parts. We work with dozens of regional and national vendors of commonly needed parts and materials to find the best value for your budget.
- Design and Manufacturing Expenses
- Depending on what software and equipment is needed to complete a project there may be a lab fee to cover software and cutting tools that are consumed.