NNTP-Posting-Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 01:01:55 -0600
Subject: Re: Contract Dispute questions.
From: Bill Paul
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 01:01:55 -0600
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firstname.lastname@example.org (klmok) wrote in
> I engaged a electrical engineering contractor in the Fall of 2000 to
> prototype an invention project with a small LCD type screen display.
> It has an icons menu and each icon is highlighted in turn ( a scan
> pattern.) A switch click on the highlighted icon sends that icon
> image to the PC screen.
It sounds like you left way too many things undefined in your contract. A
good contract should include at least the following:
Design criteria - Even though you may not understand exactly how the design
is to be implimented, you and the contractor should agree on exactly what
it is supposed to do.
Deliverables - Clearly state what the contractor is to return to you, i.e.
source code, compiled binaries, prototypes, PCB layout files, schematics,
Schedule - Naturally a schedule has to be nailed down, but more important
is what happens when the schedule is not met, which is almost always the
case. What is the impact on your business plan if it is 1 week late? one
month? 18 months? Attach a dollar amount to the slipage.
Since the contractor wrote the contract, I'm guessing it is fairly open
You also need to learn alot about product and technology development.
Seriously, find a book and read about it. A business and/or idea can be
destroyed by a lack of understanding in this field.
You also need to closely supervise progress on a project you have
contracted out. If you alotted 4 months for phase one, and are 18 months
late, than you started this almost two years ago. I would have been pissed
enough to fire that contractor after about 2 months of no results.
Well, good luck in court. After reading you story, I can't say definetely
that you are in the right. If you had changed anything about what it was
you wanted in the past 22 months, I would say the contractor has an easy