So the first patent is good for 20 years (expires 2016), the second is good for 14 years (expires 2011).For applications filed on or after June 8, 1995, utility and plant patents are granted for a term which begins with the date of the grant and usually ends 20 years from the date you first applied for the patent subject to the payment of appropriate maintenance fees. Design patents last 14 years from the date you are granted the patent. Note: Patents in force on June 8 and patents issued thereafter on applications filed prior to June 8, 1995 automatically have a term that is the greater of the twenty year term discussed above or seventeen years from the patent grant.
Jerk_Chicken said:Dude, instant satisfaction. I could have pulled the same on you and called you out for not posting a link for us
Heading out to some new trails now!
What? The reason spec is so dominant isn't because of FSR, its because they engineer the fyck out of their bikes for a great blend of weight, geometry, and wheel path/shock rates that makes their bikes ride really, really, well. FSR isn't inherently better then plenty of other designs out there - specialized just designs their bikes really well to make it ride well. All it does is reduce brake squat and make the bike more flexy, and specialized has managed to minimize the second.G4VNJ said:Can they renew that patent then before it expires or will it be an open playing field then?..........that would be the end of spec as we know it surely..........?
It's mainly the location of the rear pivot for four bar suspensions. The FSR (Horst Link) suspension has the rear pivot on the chain stay, in front of the rear axle. Other brands will try to get around this by having the pivot above the rear axle on the seat stay but it doesn't work as well. Trek's current suspension (ABP) has the pivot concentric with the axle. Then there are other designs such as Giant's Maestro which is VPP. It has the entire rear triangle rotating around a vitual pivot point, hence the name. There are a lot more details in the designs but I'm not a huge expert.SurfSailRide said:They will sound a little ignorant, but what exactly makes the "FSR suspension" the FSR suspension?
I love my spec, but I'm not exactly sure what is the unique part of their linkage is (opposed to other brands like Trek).