Published on 10th April 2004 by
Originally Posted by The_Popehttp://www.bit-tech.net/article/128
Vent your spleen here about whether you think Antec is in the wrong, or maybe if you wish they'd nicked Macro's design instead!
Originally Posted by The_PopeI'm sure we'd find that no manufacturer would enter the great expense and commitment required to launch a product without protecting themselves through some sort of patent application... what grates is their claim to have invented the idea, and their pursuit of people who are potentially doing no more than they did originally...
And the Overclocker Cafe article is dated 8th April - it's the letter from Antec that is dated April 1st. And I think in this case, that was just a random Thursday, and the guy had work to do! :D
Originally Posted by webchimpDoes this mean that a person couldn't buy a fan and a bunch of LED's and "combine" them without infringing the patent?
Originally Posted by TMMSure you can do it all you like... but you can't SELL them
I don't blame Antec.. but maybe going a little far with this one
Originally Posted by BoogerBombI still don't understand why a company like Antec who caters to the computer enthusiasts out there, which comprise of most of the modding community, would do something that they know will piss off their customer base. This is a really stupid move on Antecs part and it will backfire on them. There are too many other companies out there who will be more than willing to pick up the customers that Antec is going to lose all so they can control a $3 market.
Antec was one of the first out the box with many commercial products that came from the mod community. I invented the fan controller in 1999 for computers, but failed to patent. If I'd known then what I know now, I might have been rolling in dough. You can't fault them for business sense, but you can sure fault them for their lack of inventiveness. Maybe if it didn't cost thousands (many thousands) for a patent (at least for one that will do you any good in a lawsuit), more individuals would be getting wealthy off their ideas...
Originally Posted by OclockerWell I do - I almost certainly wasn't the first to do it - so Antec have no right to claim the idea!
Originally Posted by Pookeyheadactually.. they have every right. Whoever patents it first, gets the right to do just that. That's the law. If someone thought of it first, then they should have patented it it.
Originally Posted by metarinkaPatent or not, I feel It destroy's the modding spirit. This all sorta ties into the pre-mod shananigans. You see it again and again where people from bit-tech and other sites come up with some sweet Ideas. Then company capitalize on them. I dont think it would be healthy to stop these companies, but when they start throwing patents at them, trying to claim they are the only ones who should make them. thats bogus. These companies offer some quality products and I know I wouldn't want to have to make every LED fan I wanted in my cases nor would I want every fan to be antec brand. Claiming ownership over these pretty common knowledge mods, is just wrong.
Originally Posted by OclockerWhats right and the law rarely tally thesedays. Patent law was designed to protect unique inventions not obvious things like LEDs in FANs - I did my first one just before I started baybus.co.uk years ago
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