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Old February 17th, 2021, 08:33 AM
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Re: Patent No. US D536,391

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I'm not a lawyer, but if the patent expired doesn't that mean that anyone can produce Heroscape hexes and sell them?
Maybe If so, I guess someone can 3D print them and sell them legally on mass. Maybe @Brease or @L0B5T3R can print and sell at Hyground Tiles.
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Old February 19th, 2021, 08:29 PM
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Re: Patent No. US D536,391

Copyright protection, if there is any, should be the only concern.
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Re: Patent No. US D536,391

For the name?
The last I knew someone had purchased the copyright to the Heroscape name awhile ago.
Not sure how legit that was but I was in contact with them for a bit.
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Re: Patent No. US D536,391

Sorry to burst your bubble kids...just saw this on Twitter

https://uspto.report/TM/90525324




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Re: Patent No. US D536,391

Wonder if they’ll be able to get it from Isak.

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Re: Patent No. US D536,391

It wasn’t my sense he intended to try to capitalize on it. If the time comes, I think arrangements would not be difficult.

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Re: Patent No. US D536,391

But what about the patent. Registering the trademark wouldn't stop anyone from making the terrain to sell on its own. They just couldn't use the trademark.
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Re: Patent No. US D536,391

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Wonder if they’ll be able to get it from Isak.
If you look at the history of Trademark Holders you can see Isak's history.
Under his Filing History you'll find:
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CANCELLATION INSTITUTED NO. 999999 2021-02-2212 PETC T:TTAB Proceeding
I spoke to him back when he first announced that he had the Trademark, and was intending to try and use it,. He told me that while he held the Trademark, Hasbro threatened legal action if he were to ever try and use the HeroScape name for anything. His lawyers told him that Hasbro would never win in court, but that it would be incredibly costly to actually fight them.
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Re: Patent No. US D536,391

Interesting. Good to know.

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Re: Patent No. US D536,391

Thanks @Leaf_It . From that link it looks like Hasbro re-filed for Trademark on 2/11/21, the day BEFORE I posted here - if it was the same day I'd find it fishy, now makes me think like since Terrain Patents expired they want to reuse the name.
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Re: Patent No. US D536,391

I'm behind on this discussion, but I just finished up studying patent law, and I'm pretty confident in the following statements:

Once a patent is dead, it's dead. CVN can't buy the patent, nor can Hasbro renew it. Anyone should be able to produce HeroScape terrain.

The only concerns would come from trademarks and copyrights at this point. The Isak thing is weird, but it looks like Hasbro is trying to reclaim the trademark.

TLDR: nothing has changed for Hasbro, but anyone should be able to legally produce terrain now.

Last edited by OEAO; February 26th, 2021 at 03:16 PM. Reason: Not a lawyer, not advising anyone to do anything, not an official professional opinion, etc.
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Re: Patent No. US D536,391

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now makes me think like since Terrain Patents expired they want to reuse the name.

I have a feeling it's just to give them legal power in case anyone were to try to sell the terrain using the HeroScape TM.
Although, you never know, maybe they will try to rebrand the game in a cheaper way.
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