Stan’s NoTubes has announced the addition of a fifth patent for their tubeless rim design. Building on Stan’s original Bead Socket Technology (BST) design first patented in 2004, U.S. Patent 9,649,878 provides additional details about the interior rim shape and sidewall height of Stan’s tubeless rim design.
Stan’s portfolio of rim design patents describes lower rim sidewalls and how a rim’s interior shape relates to sidewall height. They also detail a specific range of dimensions for rim shape and how it interacts with a tire during inflation. Stan’s patented rim shape was designed to work with a wide variety of tubeless road and mountain bike tires.
Stan’s NoTubes also unveiled an amicable agreement with Velocity regarding the use of Stan’s NoTubes’ patented Bead Socket Technology. Per the agreement, Velocity will produce their popular Blunt rims as an officially licensed Stan’s BST product. Changes will be made to other Velocity products to remove them from any conflict with Stan’s protected design. Velocity’s A23, A23OC, Aileron, Cliffhanger and Quill rims will be altered to fall outside the scope of Stan’s intellectual property.
“Stan’s rim designs have had a clear influence on the development of tubeless technology,” said Stan’s NoTubes president Mike Bush. “Obviously, we need to protect investments in time and money that helped create our rims, but we also want to see tubeless development continue to improve.”
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