r3volved wrote: Kepler wrote:
I wish them well with their venture and am pleased to see the design out there. Power of Endless Sphere does it again.
Much respect to that statement! I see so many intellectual property battles over similar ideas like this and you could have very easily freaked out and cried 'thief'.
Open-source to save the world! Your additude == real intellectual honesty!
Kepler is a beloved contributor here and we all appreciate that to no end. He likely has a good does of common sense about business too. Patents and such are only for big boys with big bucks at stake. I can think of not a single project here that might be sufficient enough to invest hard dollars and energy into pursuing a legal patent infringement case much less the expense of obtaining the patent in the first place.
Patents do not protect the holder of a patent unless the holder has sufficient capital to fight and that only makes sense unless the infringement is valued at big $$ which none of these ES projects are. They are primarily useful as an offensive weapon to go after an entity that has infringed on your patent. Doing so takes much resources and rarely financially pays off.
The only invention that comes to mind are the latest mid drive designs by Bosch and Panasonic for example. They have resources to do legal battle and the invention in question has sufficient market value to engage in the fight.
To put this into context, what if Kepler has the original design and even had it patented. Is he going to sue Bosch and think he will outspend their army of lawyers. Don't think so. What if Kepler used their design and contracted with a china company to clone the design. If Bosch were to sue him, what do you think he'll do?
In any event, it is great to see such a polished kit out there for not only individual DIYers but even LBC who could get into e-bikes with relative ease and comfort.