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Sad thing is that we can see the obvious design elements of a Series and coil sprung LR but Joe public or at least the Judge cannot. Plus the comment re its a Jeep is dubious as the world calls a 4x4 a Jeep as a generic term not a non-recognition of the manufacturer. Vacuum cleaners are Hoovers but this does not stop a Dyson being a Dyson!

 

Friend of mine designed a unique product in the UK, it was registered in the UK and the US plus some other countries.

Major US company bought one, copied it and wiped out his market. It was too expensive for him to pursue the case in the US and his competitor knew it.

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On 1/30/2021 at 9:31 AM, missingsid said:

Friend of mine designed a unique product in the UK, it was registered in the UK and the US plus some other countries.

Major US company bought one, copied it and wiped out his market. It was too expensive for him to pursue the case in the US and his competitor knew it.

It's why we've always tended to shy away from patents in particular because you normally have to describe them in order to patent them and at that point it's who's got the biggest coffers. One approach has been to just try and capitalise on it as quickly as possible and perhaps can sell it on if successful.

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Patents and copyright are a bit pointless if you cannot afford to defend them against all comers. I've seen too many businesses spend big money on logos, merchandise and general public image and get upset when they get duplicated. Without a large defence fund, the IP paper mound is just paper confetti.

One of the ways JLR shot themselves in the foot was to fail to manage the Santana builds of lookalikes; a free licence would have done. Failing to trademark the Defender while it was current was dumb too. The rather vicious crackdown on authors, small manufacturers of bolt ons and traders with "LR" in the name, was poor PR and a "shutting the stable door" exercise. 

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