A patent is no assurance of anything, least of all the technical
validity of the idea, except for possibly the opportunity to argue the
merits of it in front of a judge and/or jury comprised of people even
more technically ignorant than the folks at the patent office who
granted it. For the most part, the only requirement for a patent is
that the idea be unique, not that it have any relationship to the laws
of science, and even that criteria fails absurdly often in actual practice.
On 12/16/2010 12:36 AM, Jim Thomson wrote:
> Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2010 20:44:55 -0800
> From: jimlux<email@example.com>
> Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] Fractal Antennas, Chip Cohen (N1IR) on Nova
> Last Night
> I think the primary value of fractal antennas (over other frequency
> independent or broad/multi-band designs of one sort or another) is as a
> unique marketing tool for product differentiation. Along the lines of
> "now, with patent pending framostat enabled chrome muffler bearings".
> it also allows some amount of funding lock-in. If you hold the patents,
> it makes it harder for someone else to experiment with it and prove you
> wrong. A would-be debunker gets a letter implying a legal battle might
> ensue, and you figure you got other more productive fish to fry, whether
> or not the legal claims have merit (that is, reproduction of a patented
> thing for experimentation is permitted under limited circumstances, but
> you'd hate to spend thousands of dollars proving it)
> ## Have u ever looked up some of these 'patents' ? Remember the
> fellow on the east coast who build's those megabuck ant tuners ?
> Did you look up his 'patent'? The short of it is....'the ability to
> switch the
> capacitor from one end of the coil.....to the opposite end of the coil'.
> His tuner is nothing more than a heavy duty L network..consisting of one
> variable coil, and one variable cap..and a simple ceramic switch. The
> switch of
> course, just moves the hot end of the cap from one end of the coil to the
> other end.
> IE: step down the Z..or step up the Z. Just like you see in any ancient
> ARRL book...
> except this fellow actually obtained a US patent to switch the cap ! Look
> up Clarence
> Moore's patent on his cubical quad some time. It's 2 x quad loops with a
> transposed open
> wire line between em..sorta like a ZL / HB9CV array. I dunno who ripped off
> 1st. Some how it morphed from that...to a single fed loop..with a
> parasitic REF loop behind it.
> later... Jim VE7RF
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