"I like it; Competition breeds improvements."
you can't honestly believe that can you?? Do you endorse this lie: "Tapcomb is the worlds first truly bee-friendly tappable hive. Discover the most natural honey extraction method ever created!"??
The shame... the shame.
actually- blatantly ripping off other peoples intellectual property hampers innovation. If a company cannot recuperate its R&D- and gain IP protection for it's innovations- there is less impetus to innovate. If an inventor cannot be sure that their invention won't be shamelessly copied there is no incentive to go through the very difficult and expensive process of obtaining a patent. If the invention is not patented then the innovations do not necessarily enter the public domain... In terms of the flow hive it is a relatively easy matter for someone to get one and copy it. A LOT LOT easier than inventing it! Infinitely easier still to go to AliBaba and simply order some from a Chinese faker- then steal the original inventors marketing material... But consider the case of a complex new anti-cancer drug- if it is not patented- the inventor does not have to publicly describe and detail the innovation. It may not be possible to reverse engineer it- and in that case the public loses as the information is kept a secret- potentially forever... That is anti-competitive and monopolistic and the inventor could charge whatever they like- forever- or lock up the drug and let no-one use it...
Intellectual property laws are known as a 'social contract' - in return for monopoly control over an invention for a period of time through a patent- the patent holder agrees that their innovation will be published and exist in the public domain- so that other entities can study the patent- and further innovate on the idea. The patent has a fixed life- and when that period is over the design fully enters the public domain and ANYONE is free to copy it. It is a balance- between the right of the innovator to get protection and rewards for their idea- and the right of the public to utilize previous innovations and innovate further.
If you ask me these people are shameless- lazy - and certainly engaged in a criminal enterprise in direct contravention of Patent law. They are making false and misleading claims. For God's sake they have even copied the type of music used in the flow video.
I don't like it- at all. And I wonder if you would: if you had invented, tested, patented, trade marked and invested a large part of your life into Flow frames... methinks not. How would you feel if someone simply copied exactly your honey bottle labels?
If I was on the Flow team I would immediately be contacting that company and threatening them with litigation. Cease and Forever Desist!
Here is the patent for the flow hive:
I have no doubt that this bullshit half arsed lying company is blatantly infringing on that patent. Even if they have made some small changes to the design- it does not matter. The intention is clear. And in any case the frame he is holding is a Chinese manufactured fake- and if they knowingly imported it as such to the US- they have already broken US law. It is cynical and criminal what they are doing. beyond patents I feel they are arguably in breach of copyright (with their rip off video) and possibly also trade mark- and design rights. And they have a US address listed- I hope they find that in the USA patent infringement is a very serious matter.
The big problems with IP laws- is that it's the job of the rights holder to enforce their rights. Failure to aggressively assert those rights can be construed by courts as acquiescence. therefore it is vital that Flow immediately and aggressively threaten these people with imminent litigation I'd be happy to offer my services and pen a nasty letter for free- let the lawyers at the other end read it- and charge their client accordingly... God Knows: they deserve it!