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    Ecoxotic’s Curvilinear Aquarium Light Patent

    On June 8, 2010 an unassuming patent was issued to Dennis Fredricks for a “Curvilinear Aquarium Light”. The claim in the patent is for an “ornamental design for a curvilinear aquarium light, as shown and described.”  The idea is simple, but potentially extremely helpful when performing tank maintenance. The light is described as an “aquarium light [...]

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    On June 8, 2010 an unassuming patent was issued to Dennis Fredricks for a “Curvilinear Aquarium Light”. The claim in the patent is for an “ornamental design for a curvilinear aquarium light, as shown and described.”  The idea is simple, but potentially extremely helpful when performing tank maintenance.

    The light is described as an “aquarium light with a new design” that can be “pivoted away from the aquarium opening”.

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    It’s a mundane patent, that is very nondescript. What is interesting is that the listed inventor, Dennis Fredricks, may ring some bells. A Mr. Dennis Fredricks is also Ecoxotic’s CEO.

    Ecoxotic is no stranger to patents, as no LED aquarium company should be. Fredricks has also patented their Panorama design (D617484). In both this Curvilinear Patent and the Panorama Patent, no mention of LED lighting is made. We have our own thoughts on why, but we’ll leave you to your own jump to conclusions mat.

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    Ecoxotic’s curvilinear approach is interesting;  but it’s important to note that the curved design of the light is strictly for the light and not the aquarium itself. The patent wisely points out that the dashed lines for the curved aquarium are for illustrative purposes only and “form no part of the claimed design”.

    Patents are not cheap and they are becoming a “sticking point” in the aquarium lighting world.  Time will tell what Ecoxotic, or more specifically Dennis, does with it.

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    • AndyNarwhal

      It’s a design patent not a utility patent. The ability of the light to swing away is not patented. Just the shape of the fixture. Design patents are relatively easy to work around and not of a lot of value. My guess is Ecoexotic has a desktop aquarium coming out with that shape and design and they don’t want to be copied.

    • Nicksadaka

      Okay, my comment is not about the patent per say, but just that I think it’s fantastic that it seems like more products are appearing for lighting mount options. I’ve often found that aspect to be a determining factor in the light I get and to me, the light itself should be much more important than the mount. We should have tons of mounting options where you don’t even have to think twice about it. I would really like to try the tree type mounts that bolt to the stand and then suspend the light over the aquarium without having to suspend from the ceiling. As I live in someone else’s house, hanging from the ceiling isn’t an option, so having more alternatives is fantastic…I’m really happy to see that trend.

    • Nicksadaka

      Okay, my comment is not about the patent per say, but just that I think it’s fantastic that it seems like more products are appearing for lighting mount options. I’ve often found that aspect to be a determining factor in the light I get and to me, the light itself should be much more important than the mount. We should have tons of mounting options where you don’t even have to think twice about it. I would really like to try the tree type mounts that bolt to the stand and then suspend the light over the aquarium without having to suspend from the ceiling. As I live in someone else’s house, hanging from the ceiling isn’t an option, so having more alternatives is fantastic…I’m really happy to see that trend.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=517227649 Gareth Andrew Callear

      Just pointing out, but ADA already use that exact design on their nano lights… The only difference of course being theirs is at the side and not the back of the aquarium.
      http://www.adana.com.my/products/lighting/solar_mini.jpg
      See.

    • AndyNarwhal

      There are actually many different desktop aquariums with similar light mounts. What is really being patented is that curvilinear (flattened pear) shaped design. A square, round, rectangular or any other shaped light would not infringe on the patent.