Discussion in 'Transformers General Discussion' started by tomdom69, Aug 7, 2009.
Are they even doing it for july, or did they skip it and use comic con as an excuse?
I'm pretty sure it's every other month. The last one was in June, so the next one should be sometime this month. I know Tformers has already got their questions ready.
Where can we submit questions?
Yes! pleas tell!
the questions were from may, they posted the answers in early june. it's august 7th so july's answers should have been posted by now.... right?
When Hasbro is taking questions the various participating sites put up a thread for them. TFW's goes in the News & Rumors section.
There hasn't been a call for questions since the last round in May. Unless Hasbro has decided to give up on the process (which would be par for the course after their last couple attempts at a regular Q&A thing) we should see one up again before too long.
I think its every quarter, not every 2 months. So more like every 3 months.
I wonder why no one brought up the topic of this guy at Comic-Con
Are they canceling him or not?
I personally hope not unless Hasbro is planning one themselves.
Yeah I bet they will.
Hasbro mentioned at Botcon they were not pleased with the idea of other companies making new figures of their character concepts, so it does not bode well for defender.
why would they bring that up at comic-con? was fansproject there?
why do people keep asking hasbro about other companies products?
if you want to ask them about the other companies products, ask about i-gear's blatent use of their designs, and logos
a random green ground vehicle with yellow that turns into a helicopter and green and yellow robot =/= springer, if we call defender springer, that's our business, at least they aren't making exact copies of hasbro's stuff, it's their design for something hasbro won't or can't make
They didn't bring it up. Some dumbass asked them what they thought about all the garage kits coming out. They said they think the various upgrade kits are neat, but they aren't too fond of the full figures that are based on their characters.
The question though, is will/can they actually DO anything about it? I mean it's one thing to say "I disapprove", like Hasbro does with knockoffs, it's another thing entirely to actually be able to stop it.
They can sue them. Doesn't matter if they win or lose, it would be an expensive, protracted legal battle.
Or they could go after american dealers who sell them instead.
That's true. They went after Ages 3 and Up.
Here is my question.... What can Hasbro do about it?
A Patent last what 20 years? lets use defensor for example
See, the patent was filed in 1985, I believe it says 14 years. So in 1999, after the patent expired, anyone could make a Defensor toy right? Sorry, I took business law my sophomore year in college so I might be wrong.
Anyhow thats another topic but a company making a toy that is similar to another is called competition. Transformers/gobots Ninja Turtles/street sharks/ Battle Toads etc...... People copy... look at the iphone. every phone company has touch screens now...
Hasbro can't do anything.
Nope, Defensor was not only protected as a design patent, but is also protected visually by copyright.
The difference with new toys, however, is that they're not exact copies of existing Hasbro products. They're toys based on the visual appearance of fictional characters. That makes them "derivative works", not blatant copyright violations. As said above, Hasbro might be able to do something about that, but it will be more difficult than going to court against a knockoff company.
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