Billy Kelly said
The US Patent office would disagree. Big picture it's two million dollar companies suing each other. It's not uncommon, just usually doesn't get out to the public. In this case its Tower Hobbies that's going to feel the effect. Looks like the divorce of Traxxas and Tower has begun. Member here said his Tower has now cancelled his order of the new Traxxas scaler.
The US Patent Office is staffed with people who, like most US Government employees, are pitted against each other until they stop caring whether they do anything useful anymore. Every time I've worked directly with government clients, the baseline level of frustration pervading their office is nerve-wracking just to be near. Nobody can do anything without five other people who disagree with them being ordered to cooperate by their managers, who *also* disagree with each other.
Norco kid said
I really don't understand how it's possible to sue. It's not like the nero is a direct clone. That would be like axial suing Traxxas for making a scaler with steel frame rails? It's just a fundamental part of the vehicle.
I think suing because of the Nero would be an open-and-shut case, honestly. Low-slung chassis with battery-boxes on either side, motor on top, long-travel cantilever suspension front and rear, remote-locking diffs...the Nero is basically what would happen if someone did an E-Revo conversion to a Summit.
Being able to sue because of one specific design feature that has existed for decades is absurd, though. In my mind, if there's been a violation of intellectual property, it's because Hobbico produced a vehicle that very closely mimics the Summit's overall design
, not just one easily-recognizable feature.
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