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Old 02-08-2010, 02:51 AM #1
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AKA now w/ Smart Parts going under?

so anyone know if AKA plans on doing anything if Smart Parts goes under?
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Old 02-08-2010, 03:35 AM #2
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people who made up AKA are gone.
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Old 02-08-2010, 12:46 PM #3
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I suppose it's just wishful thinking on the OP's part. Even if SP goes out of business, that still doesn't negate the patents they own or the agreement AKA signed with them.
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Old 02-08-2010, 12:51 PM #4
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Yeah it does negate them
the patents were used as collateral under the smart parts name.

They are manufactoring the spool valve gun Arron designed last I heard . They bought up all the excess nxt bodies smart parts had left and they are going
yo make a private label shocker . Retail is just under 1400$ last I heard .
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Old 02-08-2010, 12:52 PM #5
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It would be nice however, but you are right Rob.

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They are manufactoring the spool valve gun Arron designed last I heard . They bought up all the excess nxt bodies smart parts had left and they are going
yo make a private label shocker . Retail is just under 1400$ last I heard .
Frank, what the hell are you talking about? You make no sense, even when trying to be sarcastic....
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Old 02-08-2010, 02:09 PM #7
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Yeah it does negate them
the patents were used as collateral under the smart parts name.

They are manufacturing the spool valve gun Arron designed last I heard . They bought up all the excess nxt bodies smart parts had left and they are going
To make a private label shocker . Retail is just under 1400$ last I heard .
changing a y to a T make it more coherent Andrew?
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Old 02-08-2010, 02:13 PM #8
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No. It's the entire concept of AKA buying old NXT bodies and manufacturing a design Aaron created years ago and then selling for $1400.
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Just because the patent may or may not be in bank hands, doesn't invalidate the agreement/settlement that AKA signed with SP. That would likely be in the bank's hands as well (or whoever owns the patent).
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Old 02-08-2010, 04:46 PM #10
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just to clear things up--did aka sign an agreement never to make guns again or something?
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Old 02-08-2010, 04:47 PM #11
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SP isn't going completely out of business...they are just restructuring with a chap 11.
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Old 02-08-2010, 05:18 PM #12
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Old 02-08-2010, 05:48 PM #13
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If Smart Parts closes for good, the patents would likely be sold off by the bank and still enforced by whomever purchased them. However, I believe the Covenant Not to Compete agreement or whatever was signed between SP and AKA would become null and void. If SP was purchased by a company such as KEE or GI, any such contract would still be in effect.
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Old 02-08-2010, 06:16 PM #14
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Maybe sp will be hurting for cash and do away with that agreement
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i dunno, its mainly wishful thinking. but i mean, after they are under, the company name should go up for sale, and should be pretty cheap since they will most likely be broke.
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Old 02-08-2010, 07:15 PM #16
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actually, i take that back......i bet GI MILSIM will buy every patent and contract to keep it enforced.....their guns are basically SP clones anyway
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Omg Omg Omg What If Aka Buys Smartparts Out

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so i've been out of this paintball thing for almost 2 years (not sure if anyone recalls me posting) but i saw in my subsciptions that smart parts went under and i HAD to check out what happened


so being that i've not been on the paintball forums (only ST and Tech forum) what happen to smart parts. when did this happen?
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Old 02-08-2010, 08:49 PM #19
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smart parts is finally getting what was coming to them. they were responsible for the demise of AKA. as far as im concerned, they deserve whatever happens. Karma
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:01 PM #20
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so i've been out of this paintball thing for almost 2 years (not sure if anyone recalls me posting) but i saw in my subsciptions that smart parts went under and i HAD to check out what happened


so being that i've not been on the paintball forums (only ST and Tech forum) what happen to smart parts. when did this happen?
The same thing that is happening to other companies in the United States. They were not bringing in enough profit to pay the large amount of employs they had. A lot of people were laid off. They were also investing in a lot of new ideas for the paintball industry which failed, so they lost their investments. Now supposedly they are restructuring, which I highly doubt, its just too hard to recover in this business. Im pretty sure the impulse was their newest thing, and I think it failed. You can't comeback from something like that. especially when you've fired most of your designers and manufacturers.

But, from the looks of things Gardner supposedly partnered with GI Milsim, but I think they let him go, however, I could be wrong. He was on their website, and no longer is. I do not see how they could just get rid of him though, considering the entire GIM line of guns looks exactly like the SP line.
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:46 PM #21
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actually, i take that back......i bet GI MILSIM will buy every patent and contract to keep it enforced.....their guns are basically SP clones anyway
the gardeners were the ones with the money in GI they were gonna back the push, and they pulled out of that a while back, i dont really see GI going anywhere.

feel free to correct me if i gots my facts wrong.

im also pretty sure the status of AKA will remain the same. I highly doubt that they will start producing markers again.
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