Bicycle Shifting Patents Application

A Patent Application In The Press

Have you ever pulled up a favorite website and found your name in an article?  It is an odd feeling, but when it is about a cool patent application, I will take it.
Bicycle Rear Derailleur Product Development Patent Application

The other day Tyler from Bikerumor emailed and asked about a bicycle rear derailleur control patent we applied for.  With my name on the patent application, of course he contacted me for a little more info.  He then published his take on the invention in this article.  I saw it yesterday, and had to smile - especially after reading several of the comments.

I must admit I love finding tid-bits of cool info about new technology.  Like Tyler, I browse patent info as well, to keep up on what's happening.  On that note, since I love the Bicycle industry, I like reading Bikerumor (and other such media outlets) that showcase new technology.  It is always great to see how the world (and especially the world of bicycling) is changing.

After the short email conversation about the patent application, I kind of expected to see something about it in their publications, but it is still a bit different to pull up a page and find your name on it.

The patent application is pretty complete about how the innovation is intended to be used, and Tyler did a great job of boiling out the legalese - making it easy for everyone to understand.  His article is worth reading if you are into new bicycle technology.  The patent application is now public, so there is nothing secret it says.  However, for the rest of the story, unfortunately, I can't/won't say much more about it - except, to answer the obvious questions:  Yes, it is a real thing.  Yes, it works and I have used it.  And Yes, licensing is a possibility.  Contact me.

Public Patent Application Technology

It is a bad habit of the USPTO to publish applications in advance of prosecution, like this one.  I would love to know the answers to questions about the patent, the patent office and the claims that were asked below the article in the comments.  I don't know what the USPTO will say.  However, through the many patents I have worked on, it is clear - it depends a lot on the examiner.  I have worked with patent examiners that are really sharp, with key and insightful observations.  On the other side of the coin, I have worked with patent examiners that seem to be missing something upstairs.

I don't want to dwell on short-comings of the patent system, but I will say this.  Like in the comments below the article, it is indeed unfair - in our current system, he who has the deepest pockets usually prevails.  That is not always true, and we hear great examples about the exceptional cases, but unfortunately, it is more true than not.  Certainly the paradigm for why patents exist in the first place contemplates an equitable system, but the implementation has in some ways, well, missed that boat.

- Hey, USPTO, if you are listening, I have some suggestions that may really improve the system.

Product Development Leading To Patents

Well, not to get "derailed" on things out of our control . . . a new patent application is a pretty common thing at Synthesis.  Technology improvements like this bicycle rear derailleur system are what we do.  If you have something that needs innovative thinking, let us know.  Product development resulting in new patented technology happens here a lot.

We have several other examples on the website, like this one also in the bicycle industry.  Read here about this US Patent for Bicycle Chainrings.

Innovation is not the only piece, however.  There is a lot of work that goes into the "development" portion of product development.  The road is not always as simple as it sounds, so when you are ready, it is all a part of what we can do for you.  Please keep us in mind.

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