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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:02 pm    Post subject: kee aquires smart parts intellectual property

so it looks like kee purchased all of smart parts IP including their patents. those of you that know the history of ICD and smartparts know that this might be an important bit of news depending on what kee decides to do with it and how they move forward. this is the press release....

"March 30, 2011. KEE Action Sports, LLC. announces today that it has acquired the intellectual property portfolio of Smart Parts. KEE believes it was critical to paintball that the portfolio stayed inside the industry. KEE’s President and CEO, John Robinson, said that “KEE is committed to growing paintball participation industry-wide and that KEE intends to use the intellectual property assets in a manner consistent with that goal.” In a letter to be sent out shortly, KEE will inform current license holders how it intends to continue to work with them under their current license arrangements. KEE welcomes contacts from other companies interested in pursuing a partnership relating to its new IP assets."
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2011 11:17 pm    Post subject: Re: kee aquires smart parts intellectual property

Sounds like a phone call to Simon might be in order...

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:21 am    Post subject: Re: kee aquires smart parts intellectual property

I'm not sure how I feel about this, Kee owns like everything already, and they didn't do anything with WGP after they bought them, so I'll keep my fingers crossed, but I'm not holding my breath.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:33 am    Post subject: Re: kee aquires smart parts intellectual property

lol... they can't be worse than SP... uhm can they?
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:37 am    Post subject: Re: kee aquires smart parts intellectual property

Haha, good point

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 12:45 am    Post subject: Re: kee aquires smart parts intellectual property

Apparently, KEE is all for promoting the sport of paintball.

That's a pretty broad definition but, hey, at least they have a presence and they seem to service their products.

I know there's a lot of negativity against SP but if KEE can help some schmoe fix their Ion or Vibe it may just mean there might be some more players the next time I go play.

It's too early to say if the buyout is a good or bad thing. I can't imagine them wanting to start mailing off cease and desist letters to every company making a spool or poppet marker similar to the Shocker or Impulse.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:28 am    Post subject: Re: kee aquires smart parts intellectual property

So what are the odds that this would bring some old companies back from the abyss?

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 1:34 am    Post subject: Re: kee aquires smart parts intellectual property

Who owns Extreme Rage now?

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 3:28 am    Post subject: Re: kee aquires smart parts intellectual property

LOL, are they gonna pick up where SP left off and sue everyone for patents, Ruin the industry more. Or are they trying to mend the bad SP did?

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2011 4:54 am    Post subject: Re: kee aquires smart parts intellectual property

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Who owns Extreme Rage now?

That is a great question maloneoni. Infact, Kee Action Sports owns practically everything now. One might say that Kee is an evil Empire®. Yes, Extreme Rage has been swallowed by the automaton known popularly as "Kee." Soon, Kee will absorb everything you know and love about paintball. You see, they have already absorbed everything that you hate.

vdub, Look out for an offer from Kee to buy ICDO. It would probably be easier to just quietly sell out to them. A hostile take-over would be pretty brutal on such a small forum.

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