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It's interesting how this design is taking shape through every manufacturer in some form or another yet the guy who designed it for Takoon has not released theirs at all. I forget his name but from what I heard/read Cabrinha liscensed the design and made an agreement to be the first ones out with the design and Takoon was supposed to be able to release their Nova a month later. ???
Hope WW paid for the license as other manufacturers have.
Straight from the www.inflatablekite.com website
Manufacturers who respect the rights of Industrial Property and the work of inventors begin by acquiring a license. But there are always (and in all domains) those that try to take advantage of the ingenuity of others, shamelessly copying licensed products, and justifying itself by the modification of some details here and there to confuse the issue.
Naturally, this situation is not healthy, either for the holder of the patents who incurred the costs of Industrial Protection, nor to the legitimate licensees who pay him royalties according to the legislation.
That's why I use a Macintosh.
Actually, WW has been designing this type of kite for some time now, and could probably show prior art. Their 2005 Rapture kite was the first modern incarnation of the "wing" kites, and they have been proponents of the design before any of the other manufacturers got on board.
Check out http://windwing.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=399&PN=3 for some of the early prototypes.
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