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Offline webbmeister

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Re: New Guide Rail Square - Made in Canada
« Reply #120 on: March 13, 2018, 05:00 PM »
Corwin, Thank you for the welcome. I tend to agree with you RE: the usefulness of the bottom slot and the way that allows the jig/track combo to attach firmly to the MFT. In a perfect world - one far beyond the one in which we live - one might like to think that the folks over at InstaRail have added this bottom slot to make their version of the jig different enough from the TSO product that it might be considered a genuine competitor to the TSO product. That said, I move on to Hans's reply and his advice.

Hans, first I thank you for your advice. I have four Parf Dogs, two tall and two short. These should work fine for the UJK rail clips. I'll get the clips from you. Second, I - like many, many others, am very much appreciative of the genius and sweat that have gone into producing your line of products. My heart's a little sad for you as I think that intellectual property protections don't always protect an inventor across international boundaries. The rules of the game, as you well know, are such that an inventor who obtains a patent on work product is entitled to several years of protection from infringement on that product before competitors are permitted to start copying, in whole or in part. My wife is an Associate VP for Research. She has been at UCLA, UCSB, Stanford, Northwestern, and the University of Minnesota. At every institution, she has spent a good deal of her time dealing with intellectual property, patent, trademark, and copyright issues. The tendency of humans to borrow against the work of others and call it our own can be breathtaking. The stories I hear over dinner! She has said that one almost must have the US Government or a corporate entity to bankroll a proper set of global protections and that small-scale entrepreneurs (no offense!) have little-to-no chance of fully protecting themselves. Not enough money. Not enough knowledge of a convoluted international landscape. Maybe not a desire to deal with all the difficulties when all they really want is to invent and share their product for a fair return.

Thank you again, and thank you to Corwin for input.

Regards,

Jim

p.s. Hans - your protractor is on the birthday wishlist I've given my sweetie of 40+ years. Because I'm so smart, good lookin' and humble, I usually receive what I've requested. Watch for the order before April 6. If not, then before Christmas.

Offline Cheese

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Re: New Guide Rail Square - Made in Canada
« Reply #121 on: March 13, 2018, 06:09 PM »
She has said that one almost must have the US Government or a corporate entity to bankroll a proper set of global protections and that small-scale entrepreneurs (no offense!) have little-to-no chance of fully protecting themselves. Not enough money. Not enough knowledge of a convoluted international landscape.

Amen...🙏... money’s the thing. In every single patent I’ve applied for and received, my employer paid between $45K to $60K for each patent. If you want a patent application to be successful and to be enforceable, you will need to pay the piper. And these patent costs were 20 years ago when patent attorneys were charging $300-$500 per hour.

Unfortunately, this really puts patent protection out of the reach of your average inventor.  [mad]

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Re: New Guide Rail Square - Made in Canada
« Reply #122 on: March 13, 2018, 10:48 PM »
Protecting our brand at TSO:
our aim is to make our passion for exceptional products at a fair price backed up by conscientious service our best protection against imitators - who typically are looking for shortcuts and the quick buck.

Hans
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