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    First Strike Round Intellectual Property

    I'm posting this for reference as a lot of folks are unaware how First Strike Rounds came about. Here's a summary:

    Tom Kaye and Gary Gibson develop the "Perfect Circle" paintball and Tom spins off a company around it (Perfect Circle Paintball). The paintball was designed to be nearly spherical (Later patents admit that they were as good as +/- .002" roundness), in the hopes of improving accuracy. The patent applies to the design of the round (generally spherical, a sealing joint at the equator) and the material/manufacture (a photodegradable pre-stressed polystyrene that can handle loading, chambering and firing but, still break on target). It doesn't catch on in paintball (cost vs performance) but, it's used extensively in the less lethal and, movie F/X industries.

    Later on, Perfect Circle Paintball developed a spin-stabilized round (patents here and here) by using the polystyrene shell they had already developed and, a weighted section in the nose (to put the center of gravity forward of the center of pressure), a fill portion in the back, and a skirt with spin inducing fins. This round coincided with the development of the XM303 'projectile launcher' developed by Airgun Designs and, Gun F/X (of Pro Team Products). Ultimately, the launcher and the rounds were designated as the FN 303 launcher and ammunition.

    Ultimately, Gary Gibson of Perfect Circle Paintball appears at PB Extravaganza in 2009 at the Tiberius Arms booth, and he's pitching the new First Strike Rounds. By this point, they have already applied for a patent and he reveals that the rounds will be made by Perfect Circle Paintball but, marketed by Tiberius Arms. Later on, I learn that it appears that by this point, PCP and Tiberius Arms were owned by the same entity. Eventually, PCP closes shop and, Tiberius Arms is renamed to First Strike.

    The patent describes key design features of the round:
    • Hemispherical front, tapered skirt (9degrees), A wall that closes the hemisphere from the tail section.
    • At least three, but preferably 16 Fins that have a height that is longer at the tail than at the equator, so that they are not wider than the equator.
    • The fins angled in such a way to cause the projectile to spin (interestingly, unlike the FN303 patents, the angle is not defined here).
    • A fill that is heavy enough and located far enough forward to keep the center of gravity forward of the center of pressure (good for stability).



    More Threads To Come!

    Originally posted by Tom Kaye, IRT FS price critics
    Unfortunately all of you have played the one "speedball" game of paintball for so long you can't conceive of other ways to do this and hence any new ideas seem stupid.

    Originally posted by Crimson Death
    First strike rounds punish lazy people. Don't be lazy and you won't have problems with first strikes.

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      #3
      who understands patents here? If a competitor designs their own shaped projectile, and lets say puts less fins than a first strike, and at a different angle than a first strike , is that patent infringement? Is that why we've seen no competition yet?

      I mean, the guns have been developed now, the rifled barrels, the magazines......its all ready to go for a competing round.
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        Originally posted by Meleager7 View Post
        who understands patents here? If a competitor designs their own shaped projectile, and lets say puts less fins than a first strike, and at a different angle than a first strike , is that patent infringement? Is that why we've seen no competition yet?

        I mean, the guns have been developed now, the rifled barrels, the magazines......its all ready to go for a competing round.
        I['m not a patent lawyer but, the patent specified at least three fins. So, that would leave 1, 2, or none. As far as angles go, any angle that induces spin would run afoul of the patent.

        As for no competition yet, here's my take on it after having participated in the ASTM process to get these things approved: The patent certainly would force someone to take a significantly different route. That being said, I suspect that there are other ways to get a similar benefit without violating the patent. However, the patent is just one part of the puzzle. A design that doesn't rely on the above features would most likely not fit with existing FS Markers so, a new marker would need to be made. Then, you'd have to convince players to buy them while working with the ASTM to get them accepted into the standard so that you don't have to worry about insurance companies (coughCOSSIOcough) trying to ban them outright.

        With all that I have witnessed, I have to say that it seems to be a pretty big challenge to bring a revolutionary product to this game.
        More Threads To Come!

        Originally posted by Tom Kaye, IRT FS price critics
        Unfortunately all of you have played the one "speedball" game of paintball for so long you can't conceive of other ways to do this and hence any new ideas seem stupid.

        Originally posted by Crimson Death
        First strike rounds punish lazy people. Don't be lazy and you won't have problems with first strikes.

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