Emerson "Wave Shaped Feature" Announcement

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by Ernest Emerson, Jan 11, 2016.

  1. Ernest Emerson

    Ernest Emerson

    Apr 5, 1999
    Dear Members,

    I am pleased to announce that the "Wave Shaped Feature" is now a certified and registered trademark #4,879,356 of Ernest Emerson in addition to our ownership of the patent of the wave feature.

    Our ownership and right to defend ownership of the feature now extends indefinitely, which we will continue to do with full effort.

    Thank you to everyone who has supported our efforts over the years.

    My Best Regards,

    Ernest Emerson
  2. Officer's Match

    Officer's Match Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 23, 2013
    Congrats Mr. E.
  3. Aias


    Aug 1, 2012
    Well deserved! My CQC-13 is in my pocket right now!
  4. Charr

    Charr Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Oct 8, 2013
    Good to hear you guys got it as a full IP with protection rights. You'll probably be needing it pretty often...
  5. netguy1999


    Jan 11, 2006
    Well done, sir!
  6. Dean Crail

    Dean Crail

    Nov 25, 2013
    Great to hear I look forward to its continued use.
  7. nick21


    Feb 22, 2014
    Will this affect products made with the wave with your permission, like the waved Spyderco Delica?

    This is likely a dumb question, but I don't know much about legal matters. Especially copyright law and intellectual property stuff.
  8. EChoil

    EChoil Banned BANNED

    May 22, 2014
    Congratulations, Mr. Emerson. :)
  9. GCG199


    Apr 26, 2001
    Spyderco has official permission to use the "Wave-Shaped Opener."

    There are also a few other knife companies that have permission to use it, such as Kershaw & Zero Tolerance (as Emerson has designs with them), plus Southern Grind.

    There might be more, I am uncertain to who they are.
  10. retzius


    Sep 17, 2009
    Once the patent runs out (usually 20 years from filing date), other companies can put a wave-shaped opener on their knives without paying royalties as long as they call it something else. I believe the additional trademark protection just means they have to call it something other than "Wave-Shaped Opener."

    Trademark protection is indefinite but patent protection is limited and can't be extended.

    I will have to look up the legal, its been a while.
  11. Insipid Moniker

    Insipid Moniker Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 28, 2011
    I suspect they can duplicate the utility but not the look.
  12. retzius


    Sep 17, 2009
    Something like that. I supposed they could make a "hook pocket opener" that functions the same but has a slightly angled instead of smooth contour.

    Legal-ese always makes my head spin.
  13. blade dude

    blade dude

    Nov 8, 2015
    Does this affect custom made knives before with it
  14. BenLong1018


    Apr 12, 2012
    Awesome it's about time!
  15. Anaries

    Anaries Basic Member Basic Member

    Sep 7, 2015
    I love your knives! Keep up the great work!!
  16. Angus McGunnigle

    Angus McGunnigle

    Jan 1, 2013
    I used to think the wave feature was a gimmick until using it recently.
    On the verge of "revolutionary" in my opinion....another way to get a folder open one handed !
  17. SpeedHoles


    Jan 18, 2015

    Amazed it took this long to get it to trademark!
  18. Rennd


    Jan 22, 2014
    Well, let's just say I hope there are a lot more ZT collaborations, then...
  19. whitty

    whitty Dealer / Materials Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Aug 25, 2005
    Awesome news! Congratulations on finally getting it trademarked. It is a very long and tough process!
  20. razorsdescent


    Jan 16, 2005
    Awesome to hear.

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