|On the surface things look very calm, but who knows|
what further IP secrets will come from Legoland ...?
"The Lego story would not be complete without recording the fact that the original Lego brick was a copy -- an exact copy, of a Kiddicraft brick designed and patented (in the UK not Denmark) before the War by Hilary Page.This Kat thanks Sir Robin for this information and hopes that it will be put to good use by anyone who is contemplating an update of his 1987 article.
Chirstiansen saw the potential, improved the moulding, invented the inner tube to improve the grip. But the size and dimensions are Page's -- the brick is imperial, not metric.
Lego never publicly acknowledge this, though they talk about their history.
Page died in about 1957 by gassing himself in his mistresses's oven. Lego bought up any copyrights he had in the drawings for the brick. None were actually ever found, but Lego said the probability was very high that there would have been such drawings and produced a reconstruction.
Thus when they sued Tyco they sued on Page drawings as well as their later ones. In the end there was no copyright in the Page drawings (s.22 of the Copyright Act 1911: there being much argument about whether they were registrable as designs) and no copyright in the Lego re-draws because they weren't original".
LEGO: a great British invention Reviewed by Jeremy on Saturday, December 24, 2011 Rating: