Thomas, Thank you for the compliment. I hope to be helpful. This is, as you pointed-out; awkward for some at first - but very natural for others. I still do not know how to use our DVD Player - but most of my grandkids can use it without a blink.
As an inventor, I can understand where Ed is "coming from" - I've been in on inventing and developing many new products and very little can rip-your-heart-out like having an idea stolen. Documentation is very critical when one invents something and secrecy is also of utmost importance. Many of my patents are now expired and are considered public domain. This is just a simple fact of life - I didn't make the rules, I just follow them. My invention of the Pocket Form Isolator from 1989 was granted a patent in 1993 that expired in 2010. I could sit around and suck my thumb and be mad (as some of my employees have done), but rather I embrace the opportunity to have competition - because I have a highly refined product line and competition will simply help raise awareness of my technology. I have the ultimate in confidence of my product line and personnel. My employees are paid dearly and there is no way they would ever leave me.
I treat them way above fairly and they know it. "Bending-over backwards" doesn't even approach what I do for my coworkers!
Personally, I do not know who invented dovetail jigs and/or parts critical to them - I will say though that there are thousands of people out there that love to make false claims of "who did what first". There were times during my patent's enforceability that people or companies tried to copy my product - but what they didn't know is that I "have eyes" in a lot of places! Also, those who have tried those rare BRAND X versions - quickly realized they had found an improperly designed product and using it made fools of them.
Eventually, I will have some good competition - but for now; I am simply competing with methods that are sometimes 95-110 years old. Have any of you ever noticed that every grocery store has a sign that says, "BEST MEAT IN TOWN". Somebody is lying.
Otis Guillebeau from Auburn, Georgia
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