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.
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