Did hasbro patent there prodts like transformers!

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  1. tfprime32

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    Did hasbro patent there products? like transformers!(sorry i misspelled product cause i had to go to a metting i had to shut it off and i cant change the title of the page!)


    Cause i just notice that takara has the same thing as hasbro and some 3rd party too!
    I mean it seams they dont care who steals the produts! But that recent post of transformers prime tablet pc thing hasbro was piss about it!!! Why would they care abuout that and not there product if it is being stolen?
     
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    Hasbro and Takara are partners, they're not stealing product.

    3rd party products are produced mostly in China where IP laws are incredibly lax. It'd be nearly impossible for Hasbro to fight the infringement.
     
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    That's... not how intellectual property law works.

    Also Takara and Hasbro are partners and have a longstanding business relationship, almost certainly complete with legal agreements.

    3rd party products exist because they are original molds, and are produced in a country where the IP laws are very different. Since they are named differently and are arguably a different product, Hasbro would have to prove they are deliberately capitalizing on established (and owned) characters and trademarks that Hasbro controls in an effort to profit off the confusion/connection. But this is very difficult to do.

    Similarly, the ASUS Prime Tablet skirted the rules because it was ruled people would not confuse the tablet for the television show. Hasbro's argument was that it used terms almost identical to ones they control the rights to, and that due to the large degree of Transformers merchandise, it could generate confusion in the marketplace and Asus could profit on perceived links to the Transformers brands that do not actually exist.
     
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    I wouldn't put too much into the Asus tablet. Retailers aren't ordering them.
     
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    Because ASUS released a Gimp Prime then a better one 3 months later.

    Kinda like selling PRID toys for $500 each, then releasing FE a few months later.
     
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    Exactly. There's a brand of toilet paper called Linux, and no one is confusing it with the operating system.
     
  7. wildfly

    wildfly Right notes. Wrong order.

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    Are you genuinely incapable of understanding that Takara and Hasbro are partners on the Transformers brand?>

    Or is any attention good attention?
     
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    Is it open source?
     
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    No, but I believe it is two-ply.
     
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    Again, copyright =/= patent.

    Also, like others have said Hasbro partners with TakaraTomy, no IP theft there.

    Anyway, Hasbro might patent some features but mostly what they do is copyright there stuff to protect names and likenesses. Because this is mostly design/IP stuff that is what's being protected.
     
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    It's tfprime32, man.

    So... either option is likely.
     
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    1. Off topic: please, please use spell check, grammar, and/or proofread your posts. I'm not the grammar police and we all make mistakes, but it just makes it more difficult to read.

    2. On topic: Historically Takara applied for and received patents for Transformers, including Megatron . Hasbro also has several toy-related patents. So to answer the question posed in the thread title: Yes.
     
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    *Gasp* a person on a TF forum with an actual grasp of how IP law works? Be still o my heart!
     
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    You just know someone will try and wipe their arse with a penguin sooner or later.
     
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    "Antarctica's best penguin-ply Downy"

    Actually, that's an interesting question, by making their product open-source, does Linux forfeit all rights, or do they still own the IP and simply choose to distribute it freely?
     
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    lildevilchick what the doctor ordered

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    This thread's a joke, right?
     
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    One way or another, yes.
     

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