As a patent consultant myself, and can not understand how the patent can be granted, as it will impede technology, which is one of the things that a patent can never do.
Are you really a patent consultant?
If you were, you would know they are MEANINGLESS by themselves.
Someone just patented the "power-feed" a couple years ago. Obviously it was already invented by AGD 12 years ago, but they still got the patent.
Someone else just patented the generic stacked-tube blowback. Yes, they somehow received the patent, but its still useless.
Along with a patent, you need a GOOD PATENT LAWYER to enforce the patent.
Smart Parts is owned by a patent lawyer, so they have that covered.
But you also have to show there is no prior art.
Unfortunetly for Smart Parts, there is LOTS, and LOTS of prior art. There is a few patents for electronic paintball guns that existed BEFORE the shocker.
Ironically, Smart Parts didn't even design it. They bought it from another company, and managed to patent it. In fact, I can't think of anything that Smart Parts actually invented. Its pretty arrogant to claim "ownership" of technology that was bought/stolen elsewhere.
So... I take it all with a grain of salt. I think there will be a huge backlash againt Smart Parts for being the MICROSOFT of paintball.
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