Let's All Be Happy Lego Didn't Have Patent Trolls To Deal With In 1958

For the most part, the innerworkings of a Lego brick aren't all that complex. It's just a matter of good geometry, really. But looking at these patent sketches submitted in 1958 (and granted in 1961), make me happy that Lego didn't have to live in an era where their efforts might be thwarted by a patent troll. Our childhoods would have been lesser because of it, even if we never realised it.

[Melissa Easton via Explore]


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    Are you sure that Lego didn't litigate against clone blocks? And the outcome? And their response?

    More research required. Then we'd have an article that's a parable for our times.

      There is a history of that stuff here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lego_clone

    Is this an article?

    They didn't have to deal with patent trolls because they WERE the patent troll, they took out a whole lot of patents for styles of brick that were never used.

    This patent was awarded to "Godtfred Kirk Christiansen", who was the head of Lego Group from 1958 to 1979, and was the son of Ole Kirk Christiansen.

    http://aboutus.lego.com/en-us/lego-group/the_lego_history/
    http://aboutus.lego.com/en-us/lego-group/the_lego_history/1950/

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