Battlefoam Foam Laser Cutting Patent Application Document

Battlefoam, an Arizona-based seller of laser-cut foam blocks for miniature transport sent an unusual lawyer letter to Sabol Designs, another seller of cut foam for miniature transport and storage. Click on the link for the full text, but it essentially asks Sabol to track all sales of all infringing products. This will allow Battlefoam to calculate potential damages after their patent application for a foam laser-cutting system is approved.

Sabol responded to the letter and tabletopgamingnews.com has Sabol’s annoyed response.  I found this fascinating, but one section of the letter mentioned an attached patent application. I contacted Sabol and asked for a copy of the attachments sent with the lawyer letter and they kindly obliged.

Battlefoam Laser Cutting Foam Patent Application

Up to this point, I could not view the patent application or the technical specifications of the patent application because it was not through the US Patent Office’s lengthy review process.  Since Battlefoam moved to publish the document to fortify their case for royalties, I thought it useful to actually publish the Battlefoam patent application. This allows the entire gaming community to examine the source of this legal wrangling.

Update: Battlefoam issued a clarification on their letter.

Trask, The Last Tyromancer

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Trask is a long-time gamer, world traveler and history buff. He hopes that his scribblings will both inform and advance gaming as a hobby.

2 thoughts on “Battlefoam Foam Laser Cutting Patent Application Document

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  • September 2, 2010 at 5:15 am
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    Reading this article on Ars made me think of Battle Foam.
    “Thomas Edison’s plot to hijack the movie industry”
    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2010/09/thomas-edisons-plot-to-destroy-the-movies.ars/2

    Some quotes that seem relevant:
    “How much of your current business strategy is based on offering new and original products, and how much of it is based on laws, courts, and the fact that you got there first?”

    “…the Patents Company discovered that even its deep-pocketed legal department could not afford all the infringement suits that it had launched, especially after the independents began sharing lawyers and pooling the costs of these actions.”

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