Originally Posted by Echo
Honestly, it still is Rap4's fault. They either didn't do their homework (research the patent) or they slacked and didn't patent their design themselves. Or, even worse, they DID research the patent and then produced their product anyway. Either way, they gave out a pre-order for that product which they then couldn't deliver in the time they promised. IMO, Rap4 deserves PLENTY of flack from those who pre-ordered.
They deserve a fair amount of blame, but patent applications can be submitted with the request that they not be made public. I don't know if this is the case, but if it is, they can't really be blamed for anything other than not filing their own patent. I'm sure all anyone really cares about is getting what they wanted at a price close to what was advertised.