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WickedLasers Spyder III Pro Arctic Laser   (Source: WickedLasers)

George Lucas has demanded Wicked Lasers stop producing their device or face a lawsuit. Our advice to them -- watch out for the Rancor pit!  (Source: LucasFilm)
Lucas says there's only room for one jedi lightsaber in town; Wicked Lasers says claims are ridiculous

Early last month we covered Hong Kong-based Wicked Laser's new Spyder III Pro Arctic laser, a 1-watt beast capable of setting people's skin on fire and causing blindness.  In that article we compared the laser to a "lightsaber", as a humorous pop culture reference.  After all, the design looked much like the iconic Star Wars weapon.

George Lucas, creator of Star Wars, noticed that similarity, too, and now has threatened Wicked Lasers to change their design or prepare to be sued.  Lucas's firm Lucasfilm Ltd. sent a cease-and-desist letter to the company threatening legal action if the conditions are not accepted.  Lucasfilm states, "It is apparent from the design of the Pro Arctic Laser that it was intended to resemble the hilts of our lightsaber swords, which are protected by copyright..."

The letter says that much like the fictional lightsabers, the Wicked Lasers can prove a dangerous weapon.  It writes that they are "a highly dangerous product with the potential to cause blindness, burns and other damage to people and/or property."

Steve Liu, CEO of Wicked Lasers, says his 7-year-old firm has many lasers that look like the Spyder III and that the design was not meant to copy Star Wars.  He states, "Most people feel it's kind of ridiculous... We would never use any comparison like that to 'Star Wars' or a lightsaber or anything like that."

Much like Luke Skywalker facing down Jabba the Hutt, Liu boldly proclaims that Lucas is making a big error with his legal threats.  He states, "Lucasfilm shouldn't be saying something like that.  They're a big company that needs to protect their trademarks. Maybe they're having to look like they're protecting their trademark in case they need to [protect it again] later."

While we think this suit is relatively silly (most laser pointers look somewhat lightsaber-like), it is hard to deny that the look of the Pro Arctic is remarkably similar to a Star Wars universe lightsaber.

In response to the demand and safety concerns, Wicked Lasers has made some modifications to the devices before it ships them to customers.  It has added the following:
1) Adjustable Power Mode : Low power and high power modes are now selectable. Laser's default power mode is low power mode.

2) Adjustable Wave Mode
: Pulse mode and constant wave modes are now selectable. Laser's default wave mode is pulse mode.

3) Secure Lock/Unlock Mode : The laser can now be locked and unlocked electronically to prevent unauthorized usage. Laser's default secure mode is locked mode.

4) Training Lens : A replaceable training lens will be installed on each laser that reduces the power output by 80% to prevent accidents for new users. Once training is completed, user may replace the training lens with the included standard lens for maximum power.
Perhaps those modifications will help keep overzealous users from burning themselves or others.

As to the Lucas mess, the letter gave Wicked Lasers five days to promise changes, and it seems the company is unwilling to comply.  Thus it seems likely that Lucasfilm will sue it.  Liu, though, says he hopes that it won't come to that.  We're guessing George Lucas is searching for a good Sarlacc pit to throw them in now, as we write this.

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Want a Cookie?
By AssBall on 7/7/2010 12:04:00 PM , Rating: 5
George Lucas is angry about real life "lightsaber", eh? Well G.L., I have some news for you. Millions of loyal fans are angry that your last three movies sucked. Time to get over yourself.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By Quadrillity on 7/7/10, Rating: 0
RE: Want a Cookie?
By JackBurton on 7/7/2010 12:17:27 PM , Rating: 5
The new movies were awful, plain and simple.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By hyvonen on 7/7/2010 1:22:29 PM , Rating: 5
The more Jar-Jar, the worse the movie was.

Episode3 was ok.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By NullSubroutine on 7/8/2010 1:31:01 PM , Rating: 3
I agree, Episode III was a good movie. Actually E3 is tied to E5 (ESB) for fav SW movies.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By CurseTheSky on 7/7/2010 12:20:00 PM , Rating: 5
The older movies, while comical at times, had a much more serious undertone. The new movies were geared much more towards kids, in my opinion. Even though they definitely had serious scenes, they had far more comic relief and the fighting scenes seemed much more family-friendly.

The acting in the original trilogy was also much better than the newer movies.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By Scabies on 7/7/2010 12:29:26 PM , Rating: 2
the target audience is made blatantly clear with:
1) pod racing
2) jar jar
3) the forced comical foibles of R2 and C-3PO

that and the cartoon network spinoffs (not including the Genndy Tartakovsky series.)

RE: Want a Cookie?
By quiksilvr on 7/7/2010 1:04:06 PM , Rating: 4
The first movie could have been Anakin pod-racing for 2 hours with flash backs into his past on how he got to where he was. And the movie should have ended with him being freed after the race by Obi Won Kenobi (no Jar Jar, no Padme, no mom, no Qui Gon).

To me, that would have been a much better story.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By Mitch101 on 7/7/2010 3:21:13 PM , Rating: 2
I like your perspective.

Darth Maul could have been a great villain only to be killed off so quickly.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By mcnabney on 7/7/2010 9:21:54 PM , Rating: 4
Why was Darth Maul a great villain? He had neat makeup and used a cool light saber.

Contrast that with the villains of New Hope.

Vader oozed evil from the first moment you saw him (as he was choking the captain). Tarkin played an intelligent and ruthless villain throughout.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By Mitch101 on 7/8/2010 1:38:18 AM , Rating: 5
He started off to me as some Ninja Warrior attacking the Jedi then he gets killed the next time. They should have had a few scenes of him kicking major ass to build up the character more then fight the Jedi.

Either way Lucas said when he retires hes going to hand the reigns over to someone else I forget his handle (silver shadow?) but he would make episodes 7-9 possibly up to episode 12. I think he should just get JJ Abrams to make 7-9 he would deliver something massive.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By B3an on 7/8/2010 7:40:58 PM , Rating: 3
I think he should just get JJ Abrams to make 7-9 he would deliver something massive.

Not after he ruined Star Trek.

The film was rated well, and it's good to watch... but it's not Star Trek. They really needed a new look and feel, but this ins't it.
And theres so many holes in the plot it's ridiculous.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By quiksilvr on 7/7/2010 11:25:58 PM , Rating: 2
Darth Maul was useless. I guess if you wanted to have some action in the flashbacks you could have had the planet originally being a free and open place but then Darth Maul usurped the government and lead the society to anarchy. Both of Anakin's parents being killed by Darth Maul and then have it be a conflict in the next movie.

And Obi Won Kenobi being sent out there to see the situation and then calling for support from other Jedis after the pod race? Idk I'm just throwing ideas out of my head (wished Lucas would have done that)

RE: Want a Cookie?
By bodar on 7/8/2010 7:16:54 AM , Rating: 2
Why would the Sith take over a barren and worthless planet in the middle of nowhere? Anakin's parents killed by Darth Maul? Is this Harry Potter now?

Maul's entire purpose in the trilogy was to provide a cool end battle. That's pretty much it. Y'know, because it's Star Wars and if there's no lightsaber battles in Episode I, you'd have Speed Racer in space, and that sucked enough on Earth.

In summary: Wushu + lightsabers > pod racing.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By quiksilvr on 7/8/2010 9:46:10 AM , Rating: 2
Lol, that would seem rather cliche. And the purpose would be to create chaos in the outer realms and destabilize the Republic. Who said Darth Maul was the only Sith ;)

RE: Want a Cookie?
By bodar on 7/8/2010 4:46:10 PM , Rating: 2

Though, technically Sideous broke the rule at least twice (when he had Anakin kill Dooku, and when he tried to turn Luke in RotJ).

Personally, I'd say the plan to engineer a civil war so that he could build a personal & completely loyal clone army worked out pretty well for Palpatine.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By Reclaimer77 on 7/8/2010 4:52:53 PM , Rating: 2
ugh stop! Stop trying to make anything about the plot of those movies seem logical or remotely believable!

RE: Want a Cookie?
By bodar on 7/7/2010 8:40:18 PM , Rating: 4
And axe the Duel of the Fates, aka the only really good part of that movie? Plus, as annoying as some of the other story elements are, many were critical to Anakin's turning to the dark side -- esp. the death of his mother and the fear that Padme would die as well. Palpatine played on these fears and actively fed them to coerce Anakin. I think it's a good story, it's just that the execution was lackluster, and things definitely needed to be trimmed out (Jar-Jar) or done better (the Jedi extras during the arena battle, lolwtf?!)

P.S. -- whoever came up with the term "younglings" should be castrated with a Wicked Laser -- whew, threadjack averted!

RE: Want a Cookie?
By theapparition on 7/7/2010 12:29:57 PM , Rating: 2
The acting in the original trilogy was also much better than the newer movies.

Which speaks volumes, because the original trilogy was universally panned by critics for bad acting. So the newer movies were even worse than bad.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By AssBall on 7/7/2010 12:32:02 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. If the new ones were anything like the old ones, Darth Maul would have sliced Qui'gon up through the face in two while Obiwan watched. They would have shown Dookoo's head getting sliced off by Anakin. There would not have been half the stupidity of Jar Jar and Cee Threepio. That crap would have turned me off even as a kid watching. Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman did great acting, so I might disagree a bit there.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By cparka23 on 7/7/2010 2:03:25 PM , Rating: 5
Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman did great acting, so I might disagree a bit there.


You lost me.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By Scabies on 7/7/2010 4:19:59 PM , Rating: 2
I'm willing to chalk this one up to *bad writing. Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman have shown tremendous talent in other movies.

*insert adjective to taste

RE: Want a Cookie?
By Souka on 7/7/2010 6:56:02 PM , Rating: 2
Agree.. I like'd Natalie when she was that movie wearing a thong.... great acting...

RE: Want a Cookie?
By Belard on 7/7/2010 7:16:47 PM , Rating: 3
Which movie is that....?!

RE: Want a Cookie?
By gixser on 7/7/2010 9:59:51 PM , Rating: 2
RE: Want a Cookie?
By drewidgho5t on 7/7/2010 2:20:10 PM , Rating: 2
Except I was even OLDER when Lord of the Rings came out. Same also with ALL Harry Potter movies.

They did NOT suck.

My age has nothing to do with it. George's does. He's old, past his prime, and is a crapa$$ director.

However, his foresight to own ILM, puts him almost in Steve Jobs league concerning the accurate devlopment and use of future tech.

George was worried he would SCARE and traumatize the kiddies if he made Star Wars story line "noir". Not long after he tried valiently NOT to scare the poor emotionally sensitive kiddies, a guy by the name of Peter (Jackson?) decided to make a film so dark and terrifiying that kids were said to b crying in the theatre out of fear.

Then all the terrified emotionally scared kiddies went back to watch Peter's movie again. Then they went to watch his next two installments.

Peter 3 = George 0 George. Its 2010. The kids are alright. Next time, scare the poop out of my boy. Or else start producing for Hallmark and get out of Hollywood.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By ClownPuncher on 7/7/2010 3:26:06 PM , Rating: 2
From THX 1138 to Jar Jar binks and Hayden Christiansen. I would say he lost his mojo, big time.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By bigdawg1988 on 7/10/2010 1:40:56 AM , Rating: 2
Can't believe it took this long to mention Hayden. Good God, what the hell was Lucas thinking? Guess he figured if the dude looked good enough the acting would take care of itself. I think Lucas is just too insulated in his own world and time has passed him by. He should have turned over the reins before he made the prequels. I don't even want to see episodes 7-9 now.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By Reclaimer77 on 7/7/2010 4:58:37 PM , Rating: 2
The new movies were geared much more towards kids, in my opinion.

Which is ironic because it such great childhood themes as premarital sex, love children, beheadings, dismemberment and then having your face melted by lava, small children being murdered, cold blooded murder in general, space taxes being worth going to war for, but the Jedi ignore slavery and don't care. Etc etc etc.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By bodar on 7/8/2010 7:38:59 AM , Rating: 2
space taxes being worth going to war for, but the Jedi ignore slavery and don't care

To be fair, the war wasn't about "space taxes". Palpatine convinced the Trade Federation to completely embargo and then take over the planet by military occupation. They literally said, "sign over the planet or we starve all your people to death". And of course, the Senate was completely unable to do anything because Palpatine was pulling strings.

Although, I don't recall the movie ever actually said what amazing resources they had that it was worth taking over, but hey, this isn't a political thriller here. Sith Lord says "Jump", you say "Thank you for not using the force-lightning, sir! Would you like a blumkin?".

RE: Want a Cookie?
By Reclaimer77 on 7/8/2010 4:28:00 PM , Rating: 1
I know you're trying to make sense of the plot, but do yourself a favor, and don't

Basically there's only one conclusion to take from the political back beat of the movie. It's this: the "galactic senate" or council or whatever was so goddamn inept, ignorant, and poorly ran it never would have reached that size in a first place and have remained stable for that long.

I mean, none of it makes sense. It's just horribly written, not thought out at all. Even the "trade embargo" that you brought up. How does a planet with super advanced technology, lush green vegetation where we can assume farming took place, and super advanced self sustaining energy production "starve" from a few days or weeks without space supplies?? It's bullshit.

The whole fucking prequals are bullshit. End of story.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By Aikouka on 7/7/2010 12:45:24 PM , Rating: 2
Watching the reviews from Red Letter Media might give an interesting insight as to the pitfalls of the first 3 movies.

The guy has an odd sort of persona though :P. Do also be aware that the reviews are long... about an hour per movie. The Avatar review is interesting too.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By CptTripps on 7/7/2010 2:02:27 PM , Rating: 3
That has nothing to do with it. I saw all star wars in the theatre and say this. The killer of the three latest films for me was no Han Solo. Mcgregor can suck it.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By Ammohunt on 7/7/2010 2:18:17 PM , Rating: 1
One word "metachlorians"

RE: Want a Cookie?
By The Raven on 7/7/2010 4:57:30 PM , Rating: 2
Two words: "General Grievous"

Who the hell came up with this character? The guys at Gillette and Shick?! More is not always better.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By Ammohunt on 7/8/2010 2:32:05 PM , Rating: 2
I could have stomached Jar Jar if that dumbass lucas would have actually took the time to understand what "The Force" was in the first movies and left out the parasite BS.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By bodar on 7/7/2010 8:58:45 PM , Rating: 2
Actually I think midichlorians were just a rip off of Parasite Eve. Even the term is similar to mitochondria.

Mitochondria are the "energy factories" of biological cells. It is thought that they were originally separate organisms, and a symbiotic relationship between them and early cellular life has evolved into their present position as cell organelles with no independent existence (see endosymbiotic theory).

RE: Want a Cookie?
By FaceMaster on 7/7/10, Rating: 0
RE: Want a Cookie?
By phu5ion on 7/7/2010 1:36:13 PM , Rating: 5
Not to mention the complete bastardization of the original trilogy. Han shoots first.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By Phoque on 7/7/2010 5:46:38 PM , Rating: 2
He's growing senile.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By FITCamaro on 7/7/2010 7:22:31 PM , Rating: 2
I would have figured he'd still be busy raping Indiana Jones with James Cameron.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By kyleb2112 on 7/8/2010 1:01:49 AM , Rating: 3
The last 3 and a half movies sucked. It was all over when the Ewoks showed up.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By rburnham on 7/12/2010 10:28:44 AM , Rating: 2
I see the newer movies as percentages like this:

Episode 1: 80 percent bad, 20 percent good (the good was anytime Darth Maul was on screen)

Episde 2: 30 percent bad, 70 percent good (the bad was all the romance scenes)

Episode 3: 10 percent bad, 90 percent good (I really enjoyed the third one)

But hey, that's just me.

RE: Want a Cookie?
By FaaR on 7/12/2010 12:06:26 PM , Rating: 2
Arguably one should say his last four movies sucked, as Indy 4 was a steaming pile as well.

Why could they make good action/matiné type movies back in the 80s, but not now? It can't be that computer generated special effects ruined everything can it?

The grumpy old man in me (I'm not even 40 yet, dammit!) wants to say "yes, it is all those darned computers' fault", and maybe that part of me is right.

In the past, directors and script writers and whatnot had to rein themselves in, because SFX could only be pushed so far before things started looking bad, and then ridiculously bad. But today with 3D rendering you can show whatever nonsense you want on a screen and it'll look good technically, and usually even artistically, but story-wise it typically makes for a terrible, terrible movie.

The need to consistently one-up all previous movies also creates problems where believability is concerned in SFX, and computers can help make things look realistic while totally unreal at the same time.

Oh well... I guess I should just dodder off to the retirement home and put on "Robocop", or one of those other REAL action movies they made ages ago... :D

RE: Want a Cookie?
By cubdukat on 7/12/2010 1:44:48 PM , Rating: 2
It wouldn't be the first time he's gone after someone for marketing issues.

He forced Mattel (?) to revise its entire line of classic "Galactica" toys so that they wouldn't fire those plastic thingies because when kids choked on them, they'd blame him and not Universal Pictures.

Funny how he never went after Exidy for the "Star Fire" arcade game, which was such an obvious "Star Wars" ripoff it actually had TIE fighters! Then again, Exidy didn't try to make a competing sci-fi show using his equipment.

You messed it all up
By murray13 on 7/7/2010 1:04:27 PM , Rating: 2
You know that if you didn't make the reference to a 'lightsaber', Lucas would be probably be oblivious to this product coming out and no letter would have been sent, no threat of a lawsuit.

How else is a laser pointer that you can use from across town supposed to look, when you have to have areas for cooling air to flow, and hold it in a hand, it's going to look a certain way. Did the manufacturer portray it or make any reference to a lightsaber, didn't think so.

RE: You messed it all up
By JasonMick on 7/7/2010 1:22:45 PM , Rating: 5
I don't think its fair to blame me for others stupidity.

C'mon look at that thing. Does it not remind you of a lightsaber???

It burns people. It's an awesome little device, the problem here is not that we compared it to a lightsaber, it's that trademarks on fictional devices can be used to try to prevent making the "real thing" so to speak.

RE: You messed it all up
By Hydrofirex on 7/7/2010 1:49:58 PM , Rating: 5
It's an obvious comparison made by multiple tech reporting sites. Kudos to Daily Tech becuase the original story got you guys a reference over at CNN when this new story broke. I love DT, so I got a big kick out of seeing that.


RE: You messed it all up
By Gio6518 on 7/7/2010 3:07:52 PM , Rating: 2
C'mon look at that thing. Does it not remind you of a lightsaber???

if it does go through, then cha-ching for the roddenberry family, iPad alone is an obvious rip off of the Data Pad, not counting cell phones, all touch screen devices etc. etc. etc.

RE: You messed it all up
By YashBudini on 7/7/10, Rating: 0
RE: You messed it all up
By derricker on 7/7/2010 5:36:47 PM , Rating: 3
it's that trademarks on fictional devices can be used to try to prevent making the "real thing" so to speak.

Yeah, if the original owners of the star trek franchise would've come up with the same crap, we wouldn't have flip cell phones, MRI Scanners, GPS, Antimatter Engine Research, or even the push for holodeck gaming.

RE: You messed it all up
By Fritzr on 7/7/2010 11:46:46 PM , Rating: 2
Long, narrow, straight blade ... it's obviously a light rapier :P

By theinnkeeper on 7/7/2010 12:37:55 PM , Rating: 2
If I were to create a real-life lightsaber, one that works just like his fake ones did in the movie, would I be sued? I know it's not going to happen, but it made me wonder. Does his trademark on a toy, an idea maybe, preclude making a real one?

RE: question
By Hydrofirex on 7/7/2010 2:00:55 PM , Rating: 2
Legitmate question - so if someone makes a tri-corder type device could they get sued? What about flip phones al la the original series communicators? If someone actually makes a hover-board are the writers from Back to the Future going to sue? If someone makes a bi-pedal robot with an effeminate voice is this going to be another Lucas lawsuite?

If someone can actually make a light sword that functions exactly like the ones in Star Wars I think it should be protected as long as they don't call it a "Light Saber". Lucas can certainly patent his FICTIONAL implementation of this theorhetorical technology, but he should have no right to bar actual technologists from, even if drawing obvious inspiration from his source material, creating an ACTUAL technology or product.


RE: question
By The Raven on 7/7/2010 2:22:21 PM , Rating: 2
Conclusion...IP law is fubar ;-)

RE: question
By HotFoot on 7/7/2010 4:04:54 PM , Rating: 2
The intent of IP law is supposed to be to encourage development and creativity. Inventors having rights over their ideas is merely a mechanism to that end, and not some innate natural law. The natural way would be monkey-see-monkey-do.

Currently I think the laws lean too far towards the inventor/creator holding rights on works. Studies have shown that patents and copyrights could expire much earlier and not hinder investment in development. I think many people have decided that by inventing something it belongs to you for evermore - but it doesn't, and it shouldn't.

RE: question
By HotFoot on 7/7/2010 3:59:45 PM , Rating: 2
Well, I suppose you could call it anything other than "Lightsabre" and you'd be fine. The trademark should be expired by the time the real device is invented, should that ever happen, so maybe the real thing could be called a Lightsabre after all.

RE: question
By tmouse on 7/9/2010 8:17:13 AM , Rating: 2
I have to agree this is total BS. He has a TRADEMARK on the TERM "lightsaber", that's all. SO no one could make a hand held laser device and CALL it a lightsaber. He does not have a PATENT. I have no idea what grounds he would have, smells frivolous at best, I think he just misses the limelight and this is a way to get some "page time".

RE: question
By xane on 7/13/2010 1:44:47 PM , Rating: 2
No... I'm not a lawyer but I think GL just has the appearance of a light saber as seen in Star Wars copyrighted. To protect a REAL invention, you need a patent--not a copyright. Copyrights protect names/works of art. Lucas just doesn't like that it LOOKS like one seen in Star Wars.

I didn't even read the article yet...
By Homerboy on 7/7/2010 12:03:19 PM , Rating: 4
.... but goddamned Carrie Fisher was hot as hell in that outfit.

When I was a kid and RotJ came out I didn't even notice for the most part. Now as a red blooded American male I see that, at one time, Lucas got something right.

By Belard on 7/7/2010 7:23:20 PM , Rating: 2
I was a young teen when RotJ came out... yeah, I was VERY interested in that outfit on her.

I bet she had "fun" in that outfit for somebody... :)

But For the past 20 years, Lucas hasn't been able to direct worth a damn, but his VISIONS are top notch. He should just let someone else write and direct his fantasies. Empire Strikes Back is proof of that.

Lucas could make MORE money and make us happy if he'd do that for some more Star Wars movies, just let others make more stories in the universe. Look at the NEW Star Trek movie, it was a blast.

** BUT ** there should never be a re-make of Star Wars... its too big and easy to make new stories. When Lucas dies (we all die), his estate/ILM/21fox may and will make more movies.

By elewand2 on 7/7/2010 1:04:51 PM , Rating: 2
We use these things in our lab, they are cheap and powerful, but the case is hard to securely mount to anything without dissembling. So, slightly altering the design may not be the worst thing. Maybe just add a couple of tapped holes (1/4 or M6 for optical tables).

RE: Mounts
By GiantPandaMan on 7/7/2010 1:23:42 PM , Rating: 2
How good are they for lighting wood or a barbecue? Figure they might work in a pinch if I don't want to use lighter fluid or don't have kindling handy.

RE: Mounts
By clockworkjpm on 7/8/2010 6:58:33 PM , Rating: 2
I ordered one of these for my lab. I'm actually glad they added in some of the intensity-reducing tools for free (I was going to have to buy them, otherwise). Lasers capable of hurting people is nothing new... but the cost coming down to 200 bucks is getting people's attention.

I'm looking forward to seeing what power and other characteristics we get out of the thing in a lab setting. Presumably to make these things so cheap they don't do much in way of quality control.

Let him sue
By Lerianis on 7/7/2010 5:10:22 PM , Rating: 2
The fact is that they were making an actual REAL-LIFE version of the thing in question, while he was making a FANTASY version of this.

Real-life trumps fantasy in the IP arena every single damned time!

RE: Let him sue
By Belard on 7/7/2010 7:26:51 PM , Rating: 2
But does this "real" laser-sword actually "STOP" at a point? Like 3~4 feet from the source? or is it nothing more than a light-saber looking laser toy that burns?

RE: Let him sue
By Fritzr on 7/8/2010 11:13:55 AM , Rating: 2
Not quite.

Arthur C. Clarke invented the geostationary comsat which made any future attempt to patent the idea invalid. He never built the hardware, just documented it in his science fiction stories.

Robert Heinlein clearly described the design and function of the hydraulic hospital bed in the book Stranger in a Strange Land. This prior art was used to invalidate the patent claim for the "water bed".

Fiction can trump reality in IP law. However the trademark & appearance issues can be extremely controversial with or without fictional versions.

Lucas is basically claiming copyright infringement by using a design close enough to his to be mistaken for the Star Wars device as marketed by licensed companies and for having his trademark applied to an unlicensed device. Bayer lost that battle and now real Asprin is called Bayer Asprin to diffentiate it from the competition that uses the Bayer trademark without permission.

Saran has been fighting this battle for many years ro prevent the trademark "Saran Wrap" from being a generic term for plastic cling wrap. Glad also ran into this when they tried to make "Glad Wrap" the default request for plastic cling wrap. If they had succeeded, they could have lost their trademark status.

Even Coca-Cola has to file token complaints to prevent the colloquial usage of Coke to mean whatever cola is on tap canceling their trademark.

I'm gonna sue...
By Ytsejamer1 on 7/7/2010 1:29:44 PM , Rating: 3
"Watch out...I'm going to sue you over something that really doesn't exist." How the hell can that hold up?

I suppose if they're marketing it as a lightsaber, that's one thing...but they're not. End of story.

Way to appear important George
By YashBudini on 7/7/2010 5:11:22 PM , Rating: 1
By bahaving like Lindsay Lohan.

RE: Way to appear important George
By mattclary on 7/8/2010 1:39:07 PM , Rating: 2
I was thinking more like Steve Jobs.

George Lucas disgusts me...
By The Raven on 7/8/2010 10:44:15 AM , Rating: 3
From Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy Included with the 2004 release of the Star Wars Trilogy (first time on DVD)
What I was trying to do was stay independant so I could make the movies I wanted to make. But at the same time I was sort of fighting the corporate system, which I didn't like, and I'm not happy with the fact that corporations have taken over the film industry. But now I found myself being the head of a corporation. So there is a certain irony there. Is that I have become the very thing that I was trying to avoid, which is basically what part of Star Wars is about. From Episode IV: "The circle is now complete. When I left you I was but the learner. Now I am the master." That IS darth vader. He becomes the very thing that he's trying to protect himself against. But at the same time I feel good that I'm able to make my movies the way I want them to be.

He calls it irony; I call it hipocracy and selfishness.
I feel good that I'm able to make my movies the way I want them to be

Well as long as you feel good King George: "Master of Evil"

Get over it...
By Devil07 on 7/7/2010 12:05:09 PM , Rating: 2
Get a life George.

and there's more!
By Gul Westfale on 7/7/2010 12:47:15 PM , Rating: 2
gene roddenberry's son is planning to sue NASA for building spacecraft that are the same colour as the enterprise!

the estate of JRR Tolkien is suing pygmies for having appropriated the look of hobbits without authorization

i could go on... but you get the point: this is ridiculous. yet another dick move from lucas.

Wicked Lasers to Lucas:
By mattclary on 7/7/2010 1:47:50 PM , Rating: 2
Suck it b*tch. See you in court.

GL copies others too...
By andrew on 7/7/2010 2:43:21 PM , Rating: 2
It's as if GL didn't get any of his ideas from existing items out there.. one could easily look at his weapon arsenal or spaceship ideas and point to other movies, before his, that heavily influenced his design. He needs to get over himself.

Napoleon complex
By morphologia on 7/7/2010 3:46:01 PM , Rating: 2
Lucas? You mean the sci-fi directard who owns the trademark on the word "droid?" Does he ever surface in the news for something other than to say "I can buy and sell you!!!"

By rika13 on 7/7/2010 11:13:58 PM , Rating: 2
taking a peek form wookiepedia, from CANON star wars stuff:

lightsaber hilts take almost any form, animal horn and a carburetor have been used, Kazdan Paratus' was a pike, there is a mention of one being based on RL swordcanes, the crossguard lightsabers are very similar to rabbit dildoes, guard shotos are just tonfas

training lightsabers, being mass produced, are practically smooth metal cylinders, this would mean that all plumbers would be infringing on lucas' trademark

Wait so can he also sue...
By 325hhee on 7/8/2010 5:31:55 AM , Rating: 2
Anyone that makes hand held camera flashes or replicas of it? Isn't that what they were designed from to begin with? Yeah go after them, just be grateful those makers didn't sue you first.

I'm suing Lucas
By overlandpark4me on 7/8/2010 10:14:43 PM , Rating: 2
His light saber looks like my ex's pleasure tool. Hey George, give me a call when you decide to make a good movie again. The last 3 were terrible. Memo # 1: Never use Portman for anything except to clean the toilets. Memo # 2: Never use that Hayden crap hole either. Those two were mostly responsible for starting the "trilogy" into it's downward spiral.

In all honesty...
By xler8r on 7/7/2010 12:38:41 PM , Rating: 1
He had long enough to make a real one.
The fact that none of his toy suppliers even made a legit one that could at least sting you is lame.... I feel he has no room to talk, especially since there no actual patent on the tech, much less is it using crystals to amplify the laser like in the movies/star wars lore, lol.

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