jim Jarvis wrote:
> Looks for all the world like a contravention of the SteppIR patent,
> although I haven't
> researched it to be sure. There appear to be some mechanical
Does SteppIR have a patent in Italy (or EU in general)? if not, making
the product there and selling it there doesn't have any impact on
whether they infringe a US Patent.
A quick search of the European database (ep.espacenet.com) only shows
two patent applications for Mertel in inventor and antenna in title, and
Applications US2007/229386 and US2002/171598.
I wouldn't even begin to know what the current treaty/mutual
prosecuction mechanism is. 15 years ago, you had to separately apply
for patents in each country, and they may or may not grant them.
> One certainty: At EU1600, I'm not buying one!
That's a lot less than a SteppIR in Italy...
at least one dealer is charging just under 2000 Euro for the 3 element
SteppIR without the 6 meter or 30/40 kit.
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