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Postby ricochet » Mon Jun 12, 2006 10:29 pm

Yeah, but there are a buttload of patents like that out there. How much money do you want to spend on lawyers, and how much of your time and energy do you want to spend fighting any of 'em?
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Postby diamond » Tue Jun 13, 2006 9:27 pm

You got it in one Ric - The late Chris Ramay of Winin' Boy slides offered 'notch-cut' options on his own bottleneck range in the '90's....but never considered this to be a future 'patent' issue :roll:

What i do know is that the 'crescent cut' patent cost Mark Morse plenty bucks - and if you read about how much his Swiss-made equipment cost i'd probably be pretty pissed if someone came along and offered an identical option. We'd never be able (or even wish to) fight in a court of law about the 'notch / crescent / comfort' cut added to something as simple as a guitar slide - but as bluzeluvr stated, it IS kinda ridiculous :cry:

On the lighter slide of this subject - we talked to our legal folks about this with reference to obtaining a 'worldwide patent' on some of our exclusive slideware. We we're told that it'd be pointless 'cos if the good folks in China wished to copy our stuff they'd do it anyway - it'd come out cheaper...and then you gotta try to find someone to sue :lol:

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Postby jamesfarrell » Wed Jun 14, 2006 12:11 am

how about a triangular notch? That would work just as well and you could argue "It's not a crescent" :lol:

It's odd. Same thing with mountain bikes. Specialized has a specific suspension design. Anything remotely like it gets squashed. They win everytime.
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Postby bluzeluvr » Wed Jun 14, 2006 12:16 am

diamond wrote:... but as bluzeluvr stated, it IS kinda ridiculous

You might say it's patently ridiculous. :wink:
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