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Makerbot patents community designs?

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Well this is heating up in the last few days - or maybe just yesterday. It appears Makerbot just filed a slew of patent applications including at least 2 different ones that take designs from the community. Including my favorite thingiverse inventor known as emmett. One design even talked about by makerbot thanking the designer of this wonderful improvement and then going on to patent it!:

http://traverseda.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/makerbot-blatently-steals-and-patents-a-community-design/

Even slashdot. Slashdot! Mentioned it. Wow:

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/14/05/23/2133237/questionable-patents-from-makerbot

Another patent is for automatic bed levelling using the head as the probe first posted by the community (not electronically probing - mechanically - it's an interesting design - but from the reprap community).

 

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Obviously, the topic has gained some attraction. And that's maybe exactly what Makerbot wanted.

While I can understand that people are upset about it, it might be the best thing to keep things calm and rely on the fact that the state of technology cannot be patented (at least in Europe). So the application should be declined if everything goes the way it supposed to...

 

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I'm still on thingiverse but these guys can't take a little stinger .... my "small table" design was featured on the front page today , so I thought I'd use the attention to make a little patent comment..... within the hour I was no longer featured ;)

2014 06 18 20 34 45 Side table, small table By UltiArjan   Thingiverse

would be funny if more people add some links in there pages ...

I tried another one ..

2014 06 18 20 50 59 "glow In The dark" ultimaker robot fridge magnet By UltiArjan   Thingi

 

 

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:350379

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:366902

 

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