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Digitrax's USA patent on Loconet expires in 2020...

Post by smitt48 » 25.01.2019, 20:13

Hi,
It is the understanding that the Loconet port on the ESU CabControl is not yet activated, but will be activated via a firmware update after Digitrax's USA patent on Loconet expires in 2020.
Did anybody hear this rumor(?)? Any implications for Rocrail when the patent expires?

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Re: Digitrax's USA patent on Loconet expires in 2020 ????

Post by rjversluis » 25.01.2019, 21:29

Hi Tom,

if developing new hardware, it still is not a good strategy to use LocoNet.
For Rocrail it does not matter, and LocoNet is too old fashion to consider it for new applications.

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Re: Digitrax's USA patent on Loconet expires in 2020 ????

Post by Pirat-Kapitan » 26.01.2019, 09:35

smitt48 wrote:
25.01.2019, 20:13
Hi,
It is the understanding that the Loconet port on the ESU CabControl is not yet activated, but will be activated via a firmware update after Digitrax's USA patent on Loconet expires in 2020.
Did anybody hear this rumor(?)? Any implications for Rocrail when the patent expires?
Moin,
ESU still offers a Loconet Converter. I testet it with ECoS 2 and a wireless handheld controll. Loconet ist not completly working, only i think the personal edition part.

Best regards johannes

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Re: Digitrax's USA patent on Loconet expires in 2020 ????

Post by kennethalong » 21.08.2019, 01:10

I just looked up the US Patent. According to the data there, the patent has already expired.

https://patents.google.com/patent/US6275739B1/en

Should be interesting to see what Digitrax comes out with to replace it. Maybe NMRA LCC?

Cheers,
Kenny

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Re: Digitrax's USA patent on Loconet expires in 2020 ????

Post by smitt48 » 21.08.2019, 10:27

HI Kenny,

Thanks for the info and welcome to Rocrail.

Tom

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Re: Digitrax's USA patent on Loconet expires in 2020 ????

Post by rjversluis » 21.08.2019, 11:04

Hi,

I still do not know how this would affect Rocrail.

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Re: Digitrax's USA patent on Loconet expires in 2020 ????

Post by vikr » 21.08.2019, 11:16

Hi
rjversluis wrote:
21.08.2019, 11:04
I still do not know how this would affect Rocrail.
No lizenses?
May be, the documentation for some Digikeis-(loconet)-components will be better, for example the DR5088RC.

MfG

vik

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Re: Digitrax's USA patent on Loconet expires in 2020 ????

Post by rjversluis » 21.08.2019, 11:22

vikr wrote:
21.08.2019, 11:16
May be, the documentation for some Digikeis-(loconet)-components will be better, for example the DR5088RC.
you mean: Public.

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Re: Digitrax's USA patent on Loconet expires in 2020 ????

Post by apemberton » 21.08.2019, 12:09

LCC? And maybe Digikeijs would produce a DR5089Can for use with LCC protocol, or Zimo Can, or....

Well I can dream!

Tony

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