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If I use CDI to develop a product for my company, who will own the design rights?
AYou will acquire a royalty free, perpetual and exclusive right to use the Document Package to manufacture the items it describes, or have the items manufactured by others. You will also have the unlimited, non-transferable and non-assignable right to use any patent, invention or copyright that are part of the design or form a part of the Document Package.
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Does CDI use consultants to perform work for its customers?
AGenerally, we do not use consultants for the major tasks of a development project. Occasionally, as a part of an overall project, CDI may use a consultant to perform some smaller specialized task (e.g., a mechanical design).
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How do my people interact with CDI while the product is being developed?
AIn early phases of a project, extensive consultations will occur between your engineering and marketing employees and CDI engineers. Once the design is underway, joint design reviews are scheduled during which engineers from both companies are in attendance. These meetings typically require 4-8 hours each and, depending upon the complexity of the development program, may occur every 4-8 weeks.
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Is CDI an “8A” firm?
ANo.
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Is CDI classified as a Small Business?
AYes.
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Is CDI and Equal Opportunity Employer?
AYes.
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What is the typical schedule and cost of a CDI project?
AWhile subject to wide variation depending on requirements, a typical CDI project calls for the development of fewer than ten prototypes of a product containing custom hardware and firmware. The typical duration of such a program is twenty weeks at a cost of about $180,000. Again, these figures can vary signficantly depending the project requirements.
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Sounds exciting! Are their job openings for engineers at CDI?
ACDI is constantly seeking exceptional engineers who enjoy client interaction, diverse experiences new challenges. See our career page for specifics. You can submit a resume in the career section.

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