[linux-elitists] Introducing Myself

Peter Clay pete@flatline.org.uk
Tue Jan 13 04:18:16 PST 2004


On Mon, 12 Jan 2004, Jim Thompson wrote:

> Don Marti writes:
> > successsors.  Are there any legal obstacles to making bumpy objects
> > to which Lego(R) bricks will attach?
> 
> Yes, but other people have gotten around these.

The core patents expired a long time ago. Lego have been deploying
trademark and registered design arguments against competitors with varying
degrees of success, e.g.:
http://www.bereskinparr.com/publications/rcd/pub_rcd_aug_2002.html (long
page - search for Lego)

I suspect part of Lego's reasons for inventing more and more specialised
brick types, including those which only make sense in some models, is part
of some deranged IP control scheme. Each individual brick is eligible for
registered design protection and possibly patent as well (for functional
bricks).

Pete
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