I have searched the forum for help with my question but none of the answers are very clear so I would like to reach out to the community...
I have a product that I would like to sell commercially but I am not sure what needs to be done if i used an arduino to create it. The main product is not at all an "electronics" product but I used the arduino to help me develop some ideas I had to add some small features to my main product.
I have basically reproduced an arduino on a breadboard and added some other custom componets (sensors, relays, etc.) as the features of my main product. I currrently burn the code on the Atmega and pop it into the breadboard that is set up like an arduino.
I have not started selling my product but I'm afraid if it takes off i will need to outsource this part of my product. I have no background with electronics or with soldering so I know i would not be able to produce this side of my product for commercial use.
So here are my questions...
Can i legally have a pcb manufacturer produce my version of the "reproduced arduino" and my custom componets? What will i have to disclose and how or where would i disclose it?
Could i sell my product with the reproduced arduino on a breadboard and if so what will i have to disclose and how or where would i disclose it?
Can I simply purchase many arduinos and used them directly in my product? If so what will i have to disclose and how or where would i disclose it?
I know i may be a little vague but any help is greatly apprecieated. If anyone has any suggestions on other options i should look at to take this side of my product commercially I would be open to hear any ideas. I like doing thinks "by the book" and would rather do things right the first time instead of when it becomes a problem. Thanks so much for the help...!!!