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Howdy, some of you may recognize my name, Otis Guillebeau; and I am certain many of you may not. I need some help from someone if you're located in New South Wales, specifically.

I reside in the South Eastern USA. I am an inventor and have a number of products that are sold world-wide. My best-known product line is the Pocket Form Isolator - which in simplified terms is a concrete form manufactured for the specific purpose of forming column isolation pockets on commercial construction projects. We call it PFI around here. Instead of contractors building wooden forms to confine concrete and immediately wrecking and discarding said forms, our products are made of recycled HDPE and remain in-place. Remaining in-place saves the contractors in time, money, headaches and reputations. This left-in-place form's upper edge actually serves a valuable purpose of separating infill from slab concrete. It also enables, in some cases; both regions of concrete to be cast simultaneously. At the 2001 World of Concrete, my product line was awarded the prestigious "Most Innovative Product" award for the year. We gained instant popularity and were adopted very quickly by the U.S. Corps of Engineers for their products and our products were utilized in the reconstruction of the Pentagon following the terrible 9/11 disasters.

Here is my dilemma: An Australian Company has literally excerpted from my website: photos, drawings and text to appear as if this was their invention. They're making crazy claims and even are calling "their product" Pocket Isolator Forms.

I've sent them correspondence, but I was honest and direct - but naturally they haven't come to me to explain their theft of this intellectual property.

The company is:
Australian Bollards doing business as NJM Group
53-55 Korong Road
West Heidelberg VIC 3081
I googled this location and it appears to be a suburb of Melbourne in NSW

What I am in need of is someone willing to pose as a prospective customer to get product literature from these bums - this can hopefully be done via telephone. Then, I would be forever grateful if you could email that info to me!

My email address is -edited out, please use the forums Private Messaging system to contact Otis- sorry Otis it's the rules not to post emails-Chuck
My website is Home

Thanks so much!
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Tough and expensive to fight a patent infringement. I would suggest that YOU not contact them as you've suggested without consulting an attorney first. Original patents expire after 17 years unless they are modified and a new patent is granted. They may be relying on this. Sometimes it may be easier to arrange a licensing deal. I suspect you will need to arrange a strong cease and desist letter, but that is for an attorney to decide. But as an inventor, you likely have had some experience with infringement in the past.
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Very tough and expensive fight for the little guy. Good luck.
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Tom and Jim,

Thanks for your feedback. Actually, we are World Leaders in 13- product lines and I have numerous lawyers on retainers. I've sent the required "cease and desist" letter. I have 54- U.S. patents and yes, we've had this happen from time-to-time. A lot of my inventions are for Governmental (Security) Organizations - so many of them are not publicly visible.

In this particular instance, it's almost like a joke - because they have literally built their website by scavenging items from mine! I'm a very generous person, but I'm not at all interested in turning a "blind eye" to someone stealing from me and my business.

Thanks again,
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Otis would it be better if you had one of the attorneys contact a Australian attorney or barrister and proceed from there? Also don't the Australian and U.S. governments have patent protection for both countries? I feel your pain and if I lived in Australia I would be happy to help.
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Otis you should have asked me, I'm in Sydney NSW, these guys are in Victoria, so thats 865 klms from here tell me via a PM exactly what you want me to do, and which product you want to to ask about, I have posted a link to their web page to you via a PM. N
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Otis, James Wade is your man for this one.
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From my past work life, I was involved with multiple patents over 25 years until 2008. Working with corporate attorneys I learned that patents are good for the country they are filed in unless you pursued an patent in each country you intended to do business in or sell. I didn't know the cost, but was told that International Patent patent protection was very expensive, the attorneys and senior management needed to determine when it made sense. One part of the expense was having the patent translated to multiple languages and retaining patent attorney services from each country. They also took considerably more time due to being reviewed by multiple country patent offices to ensure they were not already protected in that country.

In 2010 the US passed the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) 2010. This was to make an International Patent more practical. Anecdotal comments I have heard is the cost did not reduce.
PCT ? The International Patent System

Your US patent will protect you if they were to sell to someone in the USA or start a store. You could have goods seized.

A basic US Patent has no standing on another countries soil.

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Otis, James Wade is your man for this one.
Mike James and I are both in Sydney, these guys are 880klms from here. N
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Howdy, some of you may recognize my name, Otis Guillebeau; and I am certain many of you may not. I need some help from someone if you're located in New South Wales, specifically.

I reside in the South Eastern USA. I am an inventor and have a number of products that are sold world-wide. My best-known product line is the Pocket Form Isolator - which in simplified terms is a concrete form manufactured for the specific purpose of forming column isolation pockets on commercial construction projects. We call it PFI around here. Instead of contractors building wooden forms to confine concrete and immediately wrecking and discarding said forms, our products are made of recycled HDPE and remain in-place. Remaining in-place saves the contractors in time, money, headaches and reputations. This left-in-place form's upper edge actually serves a valuable purpose of separating infill from slab concrete. It also enables, in some cases; both regions of concrete to be cast simultaneously. At the 2001 World of Concrete, my product line was awarded the prestigious "Most Innovative Product" award for the year. We gained instant popularity and were adopted very quickly by the U.S. Corps of Engineers for their products and our products were utilized in the reconstruction of the Pentagon following the terrible 9/11 disasters.

Here is my dilemma: An Australian Company has literally excerpted from my website: photos, drawings and text to appear as if this was their invention. They're making crazy claims and even are calling "their product" Pocket Isolator Forms.

I've sent them correspondence, but I was honest and direct - but naturally they haven't come to me to explain their theft of this intellectual property.

The company is:
Australian Bollards doing business as NJM Group
53-55 Korong Road
West Heidelberg VIC 3081
I googled this location and it appears to be a suburb of Melbourne in NSW

What I am in need of is someone willing to pose as a prospective customer to get product literature from these bums - this can hopefully be done via telephone. Then, I would be forever grateful if you could email that info to me!

My email address is -edited out, please use the forums Private Messaging system to contact Otis- sorry Otis it's the rules not to post emails-Chuck
My website is Home

Thanks so much!
Otis Guillebeau from Auburn, Georgia 30011-3392
Hello @ OPG3,a few months ago on "LANDLINE" TV programme,a story almost identical to yours.Google Lucas Mill in Chinese Patent Case. Read this & it will ease your mind.Good luck,James.jj777746
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