Years ago, AES Raptor LLC revolutionized the fall protection industry with an innovative new product allowing workers to tie off to a mobile anchor point when there's no other place to tie off, preventing the risk of a fall. Raptor started out with 100 percent market share. Brent Smith, President of AES Raptor LLC, applied for a patent in 2006 and within months, copycats emerged. The patent was issued to AES Raptor in August, 2013. On Feb. 1, the company filed lawsuits against four copycats, including Garlock Equipment Co., that are allegedly infringing on the patent.
It'll be interesting to see how things develop from here... Will the copycats be forced to write a check to Raptor Safety? Will they be able to work around the patent? “I’m not against competition as long as it’s fair competition and you come up with your own ideas,” Smith said. To read the full article, visit AES Raptor claws back against copycats of its patented safety product.