Steven may have a point, maybe it's just a feeling, but I think I'd still be
a tad bit concerned, whether they had returned my calls or not. Some
companies are very touchy when it comes to reproducing their products in any
way shape or form.
In a message dated 10/1/01 8:39:31 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
> 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
> Lead Engineer
> RP and Casting Operations
> Williams International
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Steven Pollack [mailto:StevenP@DigitalJeweler.NET]
> Sent: Sunday, September 30, 2001 7:49 PM
> To: Karl R. Denton
> Cc: email@example.com
> 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:
> >> Hello all,
>> 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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