Concerning the China aspect- Flow hold a patent in China:
Concerning the lying claims made by CrapComb to be 'the first ever system where the wax capping is not broken' see the following text from the Flow patents:
"There may be circumstances where it is desirable to leave the front (mouth) of the cell unbroken when sliding the comb parts to break the cells apart. This allows the comb to be drained while keeping the wax cap intact. When the comb is drained and the parts are moved back to the cell formed position, the bees can remove the wax capping to refill the cell with honey. Figure 4 illustrates an example of a two part honeycomb where one part comprises the entire hexagonal edge of the mouth of each cell, and which will be described in greater detail below. "
And as a flow frame user I know from direct experience the caps are not broken.
Concerning the CrapComb claim to have changed the height of one of the rows- see the following from the Flow patents:
"There may be circumstances where it is desirable for the cell wall to be partially incomplete so that the bees can complete the cell structure with wax. The precise wall or walls which are incomplete may vary, but suitably comprise part of the side wall of the cell. Figure 7 illustrates a non-limiting example of an incomplete cell wall structure, and this will be described in greater detail below."
Reading through the entire Flow patent- it is clear they have patented many potential future additions to their essential invention. the patents are not limited to what we see in the current Flow frame product. I feel pretty confident that if this matter ever ends up in court the CrapComb company will lose- as they should. I believe they are playing a game of chicken: seeing how far Flow is willing to go to defend their own IP. It is abundantly clear to me that their only interest in this matter is trying to cash in on Flow's hard work and success. They heartily deserve to fail.
As to questions about price and competition- if you ask me they are missing the point. Flow spent thousands of dollars inventing and testing the Flow frame and patenting it in multiple countries. If you look at those patents you can see that Flow were working for many, many years behind the scenes before they were ready to launch the frames. They did the right thing- and having had such a successful campaign they also did what many companies wouldn't do and invested in Australian manufacturing and Australian jobs. They now employ 40 people directly- and many more indirectly. They support sustainable Australian timber industries, etc.
If CrapComb get their way- they will harm Australian jobs and manufacturing and be stealing Australian Intellectual property.
They claim to be great 'friends of Flow'. Do friends go behind your back, sneak into your house and steal all your things? I don't think so.
Now I see on the CrapComb facebook page they have posted a response to the furore they have created- they say the following at one point:
"4) Are Flow hive patents granted?
We don’t know and we’re not going to jump to conclusions, as others have done. This is one of the posts we saw: https://www.facebook.com/…/a.13078749793…/1326180070803858/…"
well if that is true- then they are idiots- because it took me all of two minutes to confirm that at least some of the Flow patents have reached the granted stage- others are still in the long process of achieving that- but even still their priority date is years ahead of any so called CrapComb patents (which as far as I can tell do not even exist even at the application stage):