There has been a small outbreak of fevered discussion over at The Other Place™ about Revolution (the company), their quadline kite patent and matter relating to the two. Much of it has been almost wilfully inaccurate and ill-informed. Or "par for the course" as regards that forum . Allow me to simply pass on a few quotes from an article in American Kite, issue Summer 1990, on the Hadzickis that stretched over 6 pages.
- If there were, as they suspected, millions to be made, the Hadzickis wanted these millions all for themselves.
Brothers Dave, 25, Jim, 28, and Joe Hadzicki, 30, hold their personal pot of gold.
To date, the Hadzickis say they have identified three out and out copy-cats - manufacturers turning out kites which, in their opinion, infringe on their patent.
One prominent manufacturer - whose imitative four-liner hit the market well after Revolution One had achieved recognition - looks like a sitting duck to the Hadzickis. "After we're finished with him," Joe confidently predicts, "we'll own his company."
American Kite went on to publish a plan, in their Summer 1994 edition, for Nop Velthuizen's Quadriphant - a quadline in the shape of an elephant's head. In the next issue they ran a a legal notice informing readers that "certain features of the Quadriphant kite are covered by the Revolution patent" and "The company further advises that the construction, use and/or sale of the quadline kite following the plans, instructions and suggestions contained in the article, whether for commercial distribution or personal use might be an infringement of the company's patent rights."
So.... when all you kumquats get together in Bristol to celebrate 20 years of the Rev., now you know why are quadline kites still look the damn same.
BTW I have a copy of the plan so if you want......