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Old 03-20-2014, 07:54 PM #1
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Lever Valve?

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I had a question about the LV1's lever valve. I really like the LV1, probably my favorite marker, and it's lever design is very impressive, but is this valve going to remain only with Eclipse, or could another company pick up the design? I mean, I would probably stay with the LV1 either way because I love it, but I was just wondering if it was possible.
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:35 PM #2
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Does it have a patent on it? If so, there's your answer.
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Old 03-21-2014, 03:45 PM #3
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What sense would it make for PE to give that design to someone else?
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:37 PM #4
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I'm not sure, but doesn't dye have the patent on the spool valve or something like that, and doesn't DP have the patent on clamping feednecks? Both of which you will find in most markers?
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Old 04-01-2014, 02:04 PM #5
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I'm not sure, but doesn't dye have the patent on the spool valve or something like that, and doesn't DP have the patent on clamping feednecks? Both of which you will find in most markers?
Exactly, there are a lot of paintball "patents" that are not enforced. You would be surprised by how many patents Dangerous Powers owns that are in other markers. It would be a curious conversation around a dinner table between company owners though... So we're thinking of a lever type valve... Oh, really...

Taking apart my Dp G3 and my Drone Dx, it is amazing how similar the designs are, or my Dp Fx or my Ego 7.
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Old 04-01-2014, 05:55 PM #6
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Dye I'm sure doesn't own the patent to all spool valve designs. They own the patent to THEIR (specific) spool valve design.

So no, you aren't going to see any other markers with the LV1's level valve tech unless they are paying PE a nice royalty.
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Old 04-01-2014, 06:57 PM #7
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Wouldnt having a patent for the spool design in general be like having a patent for the combustion engine?
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Old 04-01-2014, 08:14 PM #8
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Pretty sure they have a patent on it. I remember hearing years ago they had patents on other interesting stuff.

Wouldn't see other companies trying it for a while to be honest. You need parts that are made of high quality material, tight tolerances, etc.

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Wouldnt having a patent for the spool design in general be like having a patent for the combustion engine?
Well, on another note, didn't Smart Parts have the patent on the microswitch for paintball?
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