Originally Posted by jsx3
Kinda wish that steelseries would challenge patent infringement for us sales. Might not be worth it, but I would enjoy them scaring these newer copy cat brands.
Moulds have a limited exclusivity timeframe. Perhaps the time has come and SS lost exclusivity to that shape.
In case you were wondering this is how it waorks. Peripheral company A approaches chinease factory B. A says we want a mouse, B gives them different shapes and different internal components to choose from. Based on agreement between A and B there are several scenarios.
A pays B for the shape and manufacuring but shape is not exclusive
A pays B significantly more and the shape becomes exclusive to company A. B cannot sell it or use it anywhere else. Length of exclusivity can vary.
Second - Sensei clones(or actually Xai clones) can argue that they have differences in their design (side buttons are of different shape, dpi button is different, lack of side buttons on the right and so on,
Ofcourse it could be the case that SS designed their shape in house and then didnt need to pay anyone for the shape but, I cant say for sure as at Xais release SS only had 1 mouse to their name - the ikari. And I dont know if that was a bought shell or a inhouse design.
Mind you inhouse development and only a few companies do it (Logitech and Razer come to mind). And speaking of Razer - their imperator shape has been copied by a few companies including finalmouse.