« Last post by jthomson on Today at 01:21:48 AM »
Sorry to rehash this old thread. But how was BR granted a patent on what is basically a single point rifle sling? Also, there ar numerous versions that slide and convert from single point to dual point rifle sling using same principal as BR
They get a patent by convincing the patent office that they meet the requirements for getting one. The invention doesn't even have to work. Applying the single point rifle sling to a camera may qualify as an invention, but I agree with you that it appears to be an obvious application. Nevertheless BR has a patent, it may or may not be enforceable. This can only be determined at the point when they try to enforce their patent rights in court. They won the case because CarrySpeed did not show up to defend against the claim of infringement. Defending against a claim of infringement can be very expensive.
I believe there is a point in the patent process when interested parties may contest the validity of the patent claims. At this point it would be relatively inexpensive to prevent the patent from being issued. If no one contests the claims and the patent office is convinced then the patent gets granted. It is then very expensive to defend against infringement, particularly by claiming that the patent is not valid because the invention is obvious.
Patents are designed to keep lawyers and patent agents busy.