Has any compiled a list of patents that apply to each part of a paintball marker?
For instance, the "dump valve" is supposedly a DP patent, but the only one I can find that fits that description is a MacDev patent: http://www.google.com/patents/WO2009006683A1?cl=en
The main categories I'd like to see are:
General Marker Operations
I'm pretty sure SP had a patent for pneumatically controlled paintball markers.
Spool valve configurations
DP is supposed to have one, DYE should, Smart Parts IP was in large part bought by Kee, MacDev and PE.
Poppet valves configurations
I know madman had a patent as does/did AKA and probably BLAST or SP for the balanced design.
Air supply adapter (ASA) configurations
DP has the lever-type I think, but it's strange because the axe is functionally similar.
The only design I could really find a patent on was the evolve, but I don't think there are many, if any, patents in this arena.
I'd really like someone a lot more resourceful than me to start/own a thread like this.