I'd venture to say that Traxxas is one of the few companies left that actually designs and innovates new products. Other companies, See: Hobbico(Including Arrma and Axial), Horizon(ECX, Vaterra) buy their designs from rip off Chinese manufactures. This is why Hobbico barely holds any RC IP. They don't design...They don't innovate.
I'm rather sure that Axial, Arrma, ECX, Vaterra and also Associated, Kyosho, Losi, Mugen, Serpent, SWorkz, Tamiya do their own design. The buying designs from chinese or taiwanese OEMs is what you see in the low(ish) cost range of LRP and Graupner or the many names HSP cars appear under.
Also, if Traxxas does not defend their IP claim then they lose the IP. This is the way IP work.
IP law includes patents and trademarks, among others. A trademark might be lost, if not used and defended. Not so with a patent. A utlity patent holds for up to 20 years (14 for a design patent), as long as the yearly fees are paid. Unless it is invalidated via federal court or after re-examination by the patent and trademark office.
To understand what this is actually about (aside of business strategy), one would have to find out what is covered by the patents and how Traxxas argues they are being infringed on. Unfortunately, that requires making sense of the patent claims, as the titles, abstracts and even the drawings have no to little legal weight, ... which make my eyes glaze over rather quickly.
Better source for that litigation document
The patents and which claims Traxxas sees infringed (in each case "at least"):
- US 8982541 Protective enclosure for model vehicle, claim 1, Arrma Radio Box Set (Part No. AR320169, AR320248, or substantially similar).
- US 7883099 Vehicle suspension for a model vehicle, claim 1, Arrma Nero.
- US 9061763 Rotorcraft with integrated light pipe support members, claim 1, including, but not limited to Dromida Vista LED arm covers and E-boards.
- US 9221539 Rotorcraft with integrated light pipe support members, claim 27, including, but not limited to Dromida Vista LED arm covers and E-boards.
No sensible hits for patent D567,886 S. This is a design patent on the "ornamental" design of the coil springs and shocks, mounted (near) horizontally, side by side. This is about the Arrma Nero, of course.
(Last edited by thorwil : 7.31.17 at 3:28 am)