[Discuss] GE and Quirky partnering

malcolm stanley a.malcolm.stanley at gmail.com
Fri Apr 12 15:10:56 UTC 2013

Chris, based on previous comments, would you consider this to be a case of

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On Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 11:06 AM, Chris Church <
thisdroneeatspeople at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Apr 12, 2013, at 6:23 AM, Tom Igoe wrote:
> http://www.quirky.com/ge
> Quirky <http://newsletter.makezine.com/t/r-l-otjdyht-jttikjulyh-d/>, the
> crowdsourced hardware startup that develops and sells modest gadgets like
> egg yolk extractors and ear bud holders,announced a partnership<http://newsletter.makezine.com/t/r-l-otjdyht-jttikjulyh-h/> on
> Wednesday with GE<http://newsletter.makezine.com/t/r-l-otjdyht-jttikjulyh-k/>,
> the global corporation that makes jet engines and wind turbines.
> An interesting development, but it looks like you'll only be able to
> design around said patents if your product is approved by Quirky and
> sold/manufactured through them, and their past behavior with OXO makes me
> concerned about their future behavior with other independents.
> I can't say that I'm a huge fan of Quirky, and their business.  This seems
> more like a ploy to find additional revenues for GE through Quirky (with
> additional benefit to Quirky, of course), than any real opening up of the
> patents.  GE could just do that, but they've chosen to restrict the channel
> to one manufacturer/distributor, with what appears to be a review board for
> approval to even make a design around one.
> Chris
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