quote:Originally posted by Tom@Seal Beach:
Larry that same thought came up in my head but I thought, NO that isn't enough to materially change the appearance of the wheel???? But you never know. A patent attorney could probably tell you.
Take a look at the picture below very closely...what do you see changed? Both wheels are made by Coddington...the wheel on the left is what I ordered...when I got the "FIRST" set, they were made with the center on the right(rotated pentagon), I refused delivery because that's not the Campy correct design....they made a complete new set.
The centers on the right is one way to change the design enough to say its different. That is the design that some other vendors get.
After looking at photos of cars for years I noticed that some of the Campy clones looked different - more like opened up 5 spoke wheels, but I could not figure out why. This is why.
And I know this post is really old, but for the record, I am a patent attorney. To tell you anything I would need to patent number. This one would have to start with a D - for a design patent. All patents expire eventually... a design patent has a shorter, 14 year term than a utility patent which lasts 20 years from the date you file it (though it is not enforceable if and until it issues - which can take years.)