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Yes. And whether you like it or not, it doesn`t violate copyright or anything else. Therefore, it can be sold 100% legally in Germany and any other democratic Western country. On the other hand, the LARS-2 set was very well done and I had no problem with it a type of intellectual property that gives its owner the right to exclude others from the manufacture, use or sale of an invention for a limited period of time, in exchange for the publication of an enabling disclosure of the invention. Don`t want to miss the latest legal developments? And be invited to our events? Then sign up here. This patent has been granted to Mega Brands, so even TLG will not be able to produce this element until the patent expires in 2036. Unfortunately, determining which designs are currently counterfeit and which are not is not trivial, and there is a reason why these companies have legal teams. I`m a bit surprised – I`ve never bought a Bluebrixx model before, but I use a lot of bricks from their brickbar in store, and the quality is excellent everywhere. I had assumed that they would use the same stones for their own designs.

I`m really sorry to hear that you`re having a bad experience. Must be terribly frustrating! In 2010, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in Luxembourg upheld a lower court ruling in favor of Canadian megabrands that Lego bricks cannot be legally protected by trademark law because their two rows of nested bolts are a functional and technical form that cannot become the property of a company. These are sets that look a lot like the Xenomorphs in the movies. Probably. BUT some designs and names cannot be protected – as in this case. And if something is not protected, anyone can make their own illustrations of it. This actually happens in ALL kinds of companies and especially in the toy sector, not just in the brick market. Everything is 100% legal – just visit your local toy store at any time and you`ll see hundreds of examples of this.

You can`t sell copyright-infringing brick sets in Germany, otherwise you`ll go to jail. I`ve posted it several times and I hope people will start accepting it. I agree with you that you call this situation “dubious,” that`s right. But it`s still not illegal – and that`s a big difference. It`s also a central point to clarify that, as you say, LEGO is not a saint. You are first and foremost a for-profit company. They no longer care about fans, not children and not adults. Everything they care about money today. Before, it was different, but that`s the situation today. If you still have doubts, you should take a look at the German market and see how it behaves as soon as it seriously loses its monopoly. In this case, you will mostly see lawyers acting and LEGO shows that it is a real very ugly face. By the way, ModBrix didn`t use the name LEGO to refer to non-LEGO bricks.

They only used the name “Razor Crest”, which was not protected in Europe at the time due to LEGO/Diney`s laziness. No competitor in Germany uses the name “LEGO” for non-LEGO bricks, as you`d end up going to jail for this sort of thing. The 2016 application for annulment that you mentioned revolves around a registered Community design (RCD). I think it is an EU legal structure that is practically a design or a commercial right. “The decision confirms our firm belief that the original design should be legally protected from copying,” LEGO wrote at the request of the German news agency dpa. To what extent is it legally permitted to produce and/or sell LEGO-compatible bricks or LEGO-inspired artworks? I`ve seen a lot of Bluebrixx stuff on Reddit lately and wondered what it was. A friend of mine and I bought the USS Nimitz from bluebrixx. And yes. What a waste of money. Yes, I also have mixed experiences with Xingbao stones. I had some of their sets from the Bundeswehr, and the quality was just very poor.

It`s just not functional and collapses when you move it, you do? You mean not giving AFOL the sets they`ve been asking for for decades? Do you give fans stickers instead of prints in sets over $500? Do you want to reduce the number of pieces as much as possible while keeping the price the same or being increased? Do you like to disappoint Star Wars fans by pulling out the same sets over and over again for years and relying solely on their loyalty? Yes, I mean, there are so many examples.