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April 10, 2009
News - Problems with Intellectua…
about 6 years ago
I had an idea of mine ripped off, and I am actually HAPPY about it. It was a special thermostat for classic cars. The original design was no longer available and the “standard” type would function, but only partially. I had an on-line discussion, in public, containing very specific measurements and construction specs including the specific standard unit which would serve as the starting point for mods.
I did not follow through with the production of the device beyond a design on paper and a non-functional mock-up. A year or 2 later I heard of a place that was making a replacement for the original thermostat, and I decided to buy one. When I got it, I could not believe my eyes. It was my EXACT design!
I could never have made it nor marketed it profitably. But by being ripped off, I got exactly what I wanted for about $50! I’d have preferred a than-you and a free prototype, but this was OK. Since I had not put all that much work into it, it was no loss to me.
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