Re: Patent in RP

From: Steven Pollack (
Date: Mon Apr 24 2000 - 19:39:13 EEST

I could agree with this if the RP company were doing more with the patented
technology than just keeping others from using the technology. As I said in my
original post, using patents to defend against infringement is alot different
than using patents to keep technology off the market. The former I would
support, the latter offends me.

Still, I don't want to get too far away from my original point that the RP
industry could learn something from the reasons Objet has generated so much
interest from this forum. Instead of asking their internal engineers what
features would be useful, RP companies might open their ears to what the market
is saying.

Steven Pollack
President, Digital Jeweler(tm) inc.

"B. J. Arnold-Feret" wrote:

> While I agree that patents can be used in a negative manner, doesn't it make
> sense for firms that spend the money and time to develop an idea and process
> to protect those ideas and processes for a time period so that they can
> realize monetary gain for their investments? And, if you are going to have
> the patents, you need to defend them aggressively or they are not worth the
> fees required to get them.
> As we all know, development is not cheap. While we may all be coming down
> on 3D and other RP firms for doing the patent protection as a marketing
> tactic, would any of us be so generous to share a revolutionary development
> that could earn lots of dollars for investors if we had to spend a sum to
> perfect it in the first place?
> As Elaine and others noted, the RP world and users don't share processing,
> tips or techniques at RP&M anymore. To expect manufacturing firms to
> "share" their technology for the good of the industry may be the pot calling
> the kettle black. The majority of firms and individuals in business need to
> make profits.
> B. J. Arnold-Feret
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