[TowerTalk] News from Bencher
Guy Olinger, K2AV
Fri, 14 Jul 2000 19:25:48 -0400
The flip side of that, of course, is spending years and effort to
develop a concept, only to have everyone copy it, and eliminate any
benefit from all the trouble. That's why the civilization settled on
patent laws. Without them, innovation is severely discouraged.
But if we have patents, there will always be some that appear fuzzy to
one or the other of us. I read the patent, but what I don't know is what
may have preceded it historically. I can't recall anything similar in a
commercially marketed antenna. I've seen a log periodic cell as a
driver, but nothing quite like F12. Others may have memory of such.
I note that Bencher either chose out or could not prevail, on the merits
or the expense. They've taken the high road and replaced their feed
with another design. Maybe Bencher's will work out better in the long
run. Who knows. If it does, the patent infringement might have been the
best thing to happen to them.
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Apex, NC, USA
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Sent: Friday, July 14, 2000 10:05 AM
Subject: Re: [TowerTalk] News from Bencher
> I keep looking at the Skyhawk design and cannot figure out who has
> any claim to patents. Sure has to be nit picking. Boo to company
> makes such claims!
> Ham radio manufacturers are all very small...I know been there done
> Dave K4JRB
> > July 10, 2000
> > Dear Fellow Amateur,
> > If you have had any prior interest you knew that the Bencher Skyhawk
> > withdrawn from the market earlier this year due to a possible patent
> > infringement. We stated that we were redesigning the feed to resolve
> > this problem.
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