Originally Posted by TheImPgoD
Here is the big picture. SP makes bull**** decisions on these things. Some of their patents are 100% theirs. Some are not even close. I am not going to debate this, simply because it is true beyond any and all arguements. SP also makes quality markers (Except for the lovely SFT anno's.
) for good prices and deserves to be respected based on that. In the end SP does good business and makes good markers, but is a little meh in the legal action department.
You're completely off base and should learn how patents work. If SP is able to patent something then it's 100% theres and no other company can prove they invented it first. On top of that if it's something already on the market without any patent filed, then no patent can be put on that object.
Patents give inventors/companies rights but as such there are certain rights they have to meet to get those patents.
I've got plenty of patents under my belt (in a totally different and unrelated buisness to paintball) as well as my name on even more not as the inventor and I can tell you that for SP to have any patent they have had to invented/filed the patent first. If 2 seperate companies file for similar patents then the one that has the documentation wins that patent (or the patent office can determine it's not a patentable idea).
So the only thing that is true beyond any and all arguements is your total failure at understanding patents or the patent process.