I suppose that if you were going to sell an item to the masses in true
competition with PEZ there may be an issue. We would make PEZ heads
starting at $199 each (some going as high as $495 depending on detail and
material). Not something that the general public will by thousands or even
several of. The design of the PEZ interface was done be me so I could offer
look-a-like PEZ heads via ToyBuilders.com. There was clearly a market as we
did produce them however the main purchaser was the corporate world for
special occasions and they wanted their logos in stead of people. I did
look into the patents held by the PEZ company and most have or are about to
expire. I tried contacting the PEZ company regarding look-a-like PEZ heads
and they would not return my calls. They have a statement on their website
that indicates that they do not want to produce such items.
As we all have several email address these days this is coming from my
employer provided address and as such my employer is not connected in any
way with the PEZ head or CPI.
Karl R. Denton
RP and Casting Operations
From: Steven Pollack [mailto:StevenP@DigitalJeweler.NET]
Sent: Sunday, September 30, 2001 7:49 PM
To: Karl R. Denton
Subject: Re: The PEZ Interface
I am wondering about any copyright or trademark issues of this. Isn't Pez
owned by someone?
There have been recent legal cases that suggest that it is illegal for the
owner of a Rolex watch to have third party aftermarket parts put on their
product and to have the name Rolex remain on the altered product. Rolex's
claim was that there was a dilution of brand by having Rolex still on a
watch not of their design or making.
"Karl R. Denton" wrote:
Based on the response I received from the announcement of the Common PEZ
Interface Data Kit I wanted to clarify just what it is...
THE CPI data is CAD data that when merged with you or your clients CAD data
will produce a "PEZ head" note that the term PEZ Head does not necessarily
mean a human head it may in fact mean a corporate logo or other item. I
will be posting a couple of samples on the website in the coming days. The
kit includes two stereolithography interfaces. As stated you can build the
interfaces as standalone and glue what ever you want to the top to produce
the same effect. You do not receive the PEZ dispenser. These can be
purchased at any candy or 5&10 store for less then a $1 each. When you get
the dispenser take the head (object) off and replace it with the one you
created using the CPI.
I neglected to announce that there is a 33% discount for schools and
universities. The CPI has been sold and used as training aids in CAD
classes. It makes learning about design a bit more fun and the end result
can be built on any RP machine for little cost.
Karl R. Denton
P.O. Box 621
Walled Lake, MI 48390
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