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Added a comment about news blog Dave Weagle Sues Giant for Patent Infringement 5/7/2013 5:12 AM
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yeah being a little guy going up against any of the big guys is scary at best. They have the cash to drag things out and small guys dont. its what can cause a guy to almost need to go on a show like Shark Tank and give away 30-60% (at best) of their invention just so they can have a big hand to assist them in fighting the big guys.

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Liked a comment on the item Dave Weagle Sues Giant for Patent Infringement 5/7/2013 5:04 AM

im rooting for dw but against the likes of trek and giant and the lawyers they will bring to the table I'm not hopeful.

Liked a comment on the item Dave Weagle Sues Giant for Patent Infringement 5/7/2013 5:04 AM

DW is opening himself up to his patent being declared invalid. Just because he holds a patent doesn't mean it will stand up to rigorous scrutiny and if he has merely patented a pre-existing invention (prior art) or somethong very similar or its found his invention was obvious , he could lose...more

Added a comment about news blog Dave Weagle Sues Giant for Patent Infringement 5/7/2013 5:01 AM
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patening and "previous artwork" (someone else invention), and "obviousness to people skilled in the trade"is, at best a tricky thing for us normal folk to figure out. Here is an example i gave to an automotive friend of mine. lets say you invented that "Creeper" to wheel yourself under vehicles on your back and do certain automotive repair tasks; and submit it to get a patent. Then lets say the patent comes back rejected for "previous artwork". You then have the right to see what the "previous artwork" is that is blocking your "creeper" invention from going forward. Then you find out it is a Skateboard that is considered previous artwork that is blocking your "creeper" invention. Their reasoning to you would be to the extent that your "creeper" is basically a larger skateboard with 4 wheels and a pad at one end to rest your head. Yes this sounds ludicrous, because it is; and this is something i am going through now. My point is that the whole patent process is not as obvious as you would think. As we all know with mtn bikes; these bikes are full of 1-3 degree tweaks here and there and 2-5mm there and so on that make a bike a totally different ride quality.

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Added a comment about video Peaty's Steel City Downhill 2013 5/6/2013 9:19 AM
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has there ever been a video with peaty not having a blast? haha!!

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Added a comment about news blog Dave Weagle Sues Giant for Patent Infringement 5/6/2013 8:56 AM
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Under the patent rules of whats considered "Previous Artwork"; i am surprised anything with a 4 bar linkage can pass the patent process. I went through, (and am still going through) hoops for my little simple invention over "previous artwork" that doesnt work the same or isnt physically/ornamentaly the same as mine. you have 2 main types of patents; Utility patents are generally about how things work; and Design patents deal with whats considered ornamental or how things look different than from whats already out there.

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Added a comment about news blog Dave Weagle Sues Giant for Patent Infringement 5/6/2013 5:42 AM
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Patent thieving just plain scares the piss out of me. i have an invention in patent pending status (nothing with bikes) and almost have nightmares over it being stolen from me. i will be interested to see how this one here pans out.

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Liked a comment on the item Dave Weagle Sues Giant for Patent Infringement 5/6/2013 5:36 AM

Spot on mate , like others i just hope he has enough cash behind him to see the case through . I also hope that the jury has the wisdom to see justice . A loss for DW on this scale would be life ruining .

Liked a comment on the item Dave Weagle Sues Giant for Patent Infringement 5/6/2013 5:36 AM

Please read the suit before typing anymore. It answers all of your questions and assumptions

Liked a comment on the item Dave Weagle Sues Giant for Patent Infringement 5/6/2013 5:31 AM

Never said anything about any other designer, we are talking about Dave. Of course most if not all bike designers went to school, and I'm sure most of them ride. But it appears that some of them don't want to work very hard, so they just copy what someone else did. Just because you go to...more

Liked a comment on the item Dave Weagle Sues Giant for Patent Infringement 5/6/2013 5:30 AM

Git 'em Dave, you deserve some compensation because you did it right. You played by the rules. You went to school forever, worked for the gov't, finally got to do what you love, created bikes that tens of thousands of riders absolutely love and went through the proper channels to patent and...more

Liked a comment on the item First Ride: Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon 4/21/2013 1:51 PM

Since not everyone can push a single ring, I'd be curious to know if there is any loss in pedaling efficiency if someone ran a 2x10 setup and used the granny gears to get up steeper stuff. I think the single 34T front ring pays a big part in the bikes...more

Liked a comment on the item First Ride: Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon 4/21/2013 1:50 PM

Evan, thanks for the writeup. I know how you ride, and I respect your perspective.

Questions:

What size wheels does your Stumpy EVO have?

How much of the ride difference would you attribute to wheel size?

Braaap!

-- Lee

Liked a comment on the item First Ride: Santa Cruz Bronson Carbon 4/21/2013 1:49 PM

I'd be pretty disappointed if a $10k bike didn't perform well. It would be great to see a review of a more real-world spec, eg alloy frame without enve wheels.

Liked a comment on the item Trail Noise 4/16/2013 2:19 PM

It's a video meant to get you stoked on riding. The poiint was not to accurately layout a single trail system.

Liked a comment on the item LIVESTREAM CANCELLED - British National DH Series #1 4/14/2013 10:04 AM

Crap

Added a comment about photo #ThrowbackThursday - Josh Bender's Deer Valley Huck 4/11/2013 4:26 PM
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yes, biggest balls out there; but he screws himself by consistently (this jump and many others of his i have seen) keeping that front tire to high on his landings. super nice guy the couple times i seen him at downyville (years back); and hear he is now staying in auburn, ca and builds and rides with spangler.

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Liked a comment on the item #ThrowbackThursday - Josh Bender's Deer Valley Huck 4/11/2013 4:16 PM

Bender was out at Bootleg last weekend holdin it down and rumor has it that hes been building some hucks lately

Liked a comment on the item Death of the Flat Pedal 4/11/2013 3:25 PM

^ you seem like a massive douche bag. Just looked at your profile and every comment you've ever made on Vital is a steaming pile of hater.

Added a comment about video Remy Absalon Helmet Cam Run From the Queenstown Mega Avalanche 2013 4/9/2013 5:15 PM
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that was awesome to watch

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