Have an idea for a PDR Light? Great! Please share it with the world. Better yet, build it, sell it and make lots of money.
No really you should.
But tread carefully, for it appears paintless dent repair tool innovation has sunk to the level of litigation.
Could you be sued for your innovative idea? Maybe. At the least, you can expect a cease and desist letter.
On one side of the court is James Lee and Elimadent, who holds a patent on mobile pdr lighting.
The other corner is filled with those who copy (or appear to) the designs of Elimadent.
But is that all there is there is to the story? What are we missing?
Only all the history of LED based PDR lights which dates back to at least 2009.
This episode will highlight some key factors in the patent fight, and why we are against patents in general.
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“I invented nothing new, I simply assembled into a car the discoveries of other men behind whom were centuries of work, and the discoveries of still other men who preceded them. Had I worked fifty or even ten or even five years before I would have failed. So it is with every new thing. Progress happens when all the factors that make for it are ready, and then it is inevitable. To teach that a comparatively few men are responsible for the great forward steps of mankind is the worst sort of nonsense.” –
Links mentioned in this episode:
“The Case Against Patents” by Don Lancaster
“Should You Design Your Own PDR Tools?”
Bill Hulett of ProPDR Solutions Patent
James Lee of Elimadent Patent 1 and Patent 2
Bill Hulett’s suit in response to Cease and Desist Letter
Ford Motor Company delay wiper suit:
“Flash of Genius” movie
New Yorker article which inspired movie about Robert Kearns