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Everything posted by BenBreeg

  1. Ugg, "mid max", more hair splitting. I was looking at the Malkin curve on prohockeysticks. It was described as an 88 with a toe curve, so I guess the same shape but with the curve just pushed forward toward the toe. I would assume it doesn't have a lot of rocker and is fairly closed. i liked some aspects of the 28 except when I'd shoot quickly from the point and not get my hands forward enough (watch your heads boys, incoming!). I use an 88 now but like the longer "flat spot" of the 28. I was thinking of trying the Malkin but pre-orders just closed. Wonder if the 71 from Base is the same. Edit: Meant longer flat spot of the 28
  2. It's a silly as the numbers make it out to be. If it sells, it's not silly. I mean, is it really more silly than the confusing array of new products in the stick and skate segments coming out every year that really has zero bearing on most of the retail market? With all the options, how many people are really in the right combination of kick-point, curve, flex, stick length, etc. for them? Or for how many kids does any of the new skate tech have any impact? I think the hockey companies stumble along as marketing machines, not problem solvers. To me this is, "I am buying a case of hockey tape, throw one or two of these in on top of my regular stuff." Or it is grab it at the counter when checking out. Every new product offering doesn't have to revolutionize the industry.
  3. I don't mind the blue but I do like the black and white better.
  4. Yeah, it’s always a cost/reward thing. Some companies are very aggressive in defense of their IP, others aren’t. Some have a very developed IP strategy, others don’t. Sometimes a smaller company doesn’t have the resources to take the fight to bigger companies. I have worked in various situations with respect to how IP was handled. And if it went to litigation it generally always took a long time because lawyers, which to be fair were just doing their job.
  5. If there is any kind of scale, here could be US (or Canadian)arms of the company, distributors, retailers, etc. there are already legal mechanisms in place to allow them to sell, those can be leveraged. The US is number one in the world wrt IP law, it is a key component in the trade war with China, it’s not something companies just can ignore.
  6. No, you sue them in the jurisdiction you are claiming they are infringing in. So if you are claiming they are infringing a US patent, you sue them in US federal court.
  7. Pretty much. I am not a lawyer but you take the company to federal court since it is federal law. Similar meaning they actually feel they are violating their patent, if they don’t have IP there is no standing to sue. That is the whole idea of intellectual property law. If foreign countries could just flood markets with infringing products there would be no point. IP infringement runs rampant in places like China and India but you don’t see them flooding the US markets with those goods because while some may go unnoticed or unchallenged, it is not a winning proposition.
  8. Talking US and Canada. I was in medical device development for 20 years very familiar with the IP challenges in China and some other countries, but you still can’t just violate IP by producing in China, being based in China, etc, and importing to another country who enforces IP. Sure you can sell ripped off stuff IN China, not what we are discussing.
  9. You can do lots of things, doesn’t mean it’s a legal and sustainable business plan.
  10. They don’t cross borders per se for the production, but you can’t import an offending product and claim immunity because you are a foreign company.
  11. Who is going to do that? And not sure that gets you around anything, it's just a secondary operation to produce an infringing product. You can't get around IP just by being based in another country.
  12. If the shape of the steel is patented because it contributes to function, then they shouldn’t be making it. We bitch about lack of innovation in one thread, can’t bitch about IP law which encourages it in another.
  13. Dunno, I'm not an official but my understanding was that you always have to be attempting to advance the puck. You can stop and assess the situation while your team sets up or the like but what the Flyers were doing was just stopping the game. I could be wrong but that was always my understanding. Similar philosophy to whistling a frozen puck on the boards maybe?
  14. You have to make an effort to advance the puck, you can't just stand there.
  15. Break the 1-3-1, don’t act like a bunch of crybabies.
  16. “I don’t know what went on 15 years ago and we’re not going to judge anybody based on that,” Baker continued. “From what we see, we don’t see any of that occurring. If there’s been a change, there’s been a change. And if it never happened, it never happened. That’s not for us to deal with.” Are. You. ^&%ing. Kidding. Me? After all the things that have been going on lately, this guy is taking the ostrich approach and burying his head in the sand? Start placing your bets...
  17. https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/County-Dashboard.aspx Pretty crappy TBH but some trending data.
  18. Even as the rinks open, it is gradual (other than the jackass who was renting his ice during the lockdown I am sure). Spring hockey (which is now summer hockey) reduced the number of kids on a team and halved the number of teams on the ice for practices from 4 to 2. Practices are led by 2-3 coaches from the parent org, no individual team coaches on the ice. Kids come dressed or mostly dressed, just throw on tops and skates. Individual water bottles. Pick up and sticktime registration is online only. Cleaning is going on constantly. Random dad telling his kid to "pick it up" from the stands remains unchanged...
  19. I do product development as a living so I need to put this out there. The word innovation is overused. Doing something different is not innovation. Innovation is something new that changes behavior. You can find many definitions out there but ultimately it has to change some fundamental aspect of what exists and what is possible. Sure, there is the concept of incremental innovation vs. breakthrough innovation, but many things called innovative aren’t. With such frequent revving of product lines, I think we are in the extreme throes of marginal innovation, and it is out of proportion with pricing. Shaving a few grams off of something in the retail space has no appreciable impact on performance for 99% of players. It’s just a spec war to market products. So a good question is what are the big gaps in the hockey equipment world? What problem exists that, if solved, would be a benefit to the majority of players?
  20. Vast majority of cases are in the Philly area, I have a link somewhere of a county by county heat map, I will post the link when I find it.
  21. Endorsing skating with skates unlaced. Even for non-pronators I think this can reap huge benefits. It did help with my pronating foot but gave me so much feedback on my overall skating posture, etc that even the limited amount I am able to do is helpful. You can do drills but I guarantee one slow lap around the rink will reveal a host of feedback.
  22. No mandatory masks at the one that has opened so far around here, but there are lots of guidelines when spring (now summer) starts for the kids this week. On an annoying note, apparently one rink sold ice the entire time and teams were actually practicing...
  23. I get too hot wearing my mask after an hour in the grocery store, can’t imagine playing in anything that would impede airflow.
  24. I don’t see the negative vibe you are talking about at all, any particular examples?
  25. Playing in a limited attendance pickup tomorrow morning, get the AED ready!!!!!!
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