Originally Posted by southern180
I understand people go to great time and effort with different hobbies, Helios,Planes and boats to include molded gliders. Not one of these items have a patent and are mass produced from China to the UK. As for copies you take your chance, here in the USA we buy from a couple main importers in other parts of the world they buy from other places that would cost us way too much in shipping.
Just because its copied don't make it junk, Most folks would say the wright bros. where also copied????? Some better than others! Launch Model makes a nice plane for the money and is sold in many parts of the world , with many different names, I own a NAN, Rcrcm, launch model and a few others , each has its good and bad points, some were 800 plus and others less than 300 bucks. I can say that the 500 has no better fit and finish than the 300 dollar plane sometimes better.
If someone has a problem with others reproducing a product they have produced then take them to court or spend some of that money and patent there wares.
Copying a model, in general, has nothing to do with patents. It would be an infringement of copyright laws. Patents would refer to unique/novel features of a model (e.g. a specific control linkage, or possibly a manufacturing technique), that was not 'prior art' or an established technique already in the public domain.
If you had spent a lot of time designing a model, flying and refining it in competitions, before spending money on expensive moulds to put it in production, I suspect you would be a bit pi$$ed if someone else just took your design and sold it against you.