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Inline Skate Braking System Invention & Patent
Picture
Inventor Eric Talaska
20th Anniversary of Conceptualization
Pinellas Trail, Dunedin, Florida - Jan. 2016
(conceptualized at an intersection just like this one on the trail)
Others Who Copied
Timeline
Invented by Eric Talaska December, 1995 on the Pinellas Trail - Dunedin, Florida .
The first model was built in the basement of Eric's cousin's house in Columbia, Maryland in December, 1995.
Since it worked well, Eric decided to do a thorough patent search at the nearby Patent Office.
The patent search resulted in there being nothing close, so Eric bagan the patent application in 1996.
In 1996 SkateBrake.com was used to market this invention, one of the relatively first domain names in the world.
Patent Application Filed April, 1996. Patent issued Jan. 1999.
In 2000, invention usage videos were uploaded; some of the relatively first videos online.
2000 to 2004, was sold in some Play It Again sporting goods stores.
In 2016, the original patent and prototype models are on display at the National Museum of Rollerskating.
Hand Activated Brake Production Models
Inline Skate Braking System Evaluations

"Transforming the skate into a hand-activated braking system would provide additional balance for the skater when initiating a stopping or slowing action." Robert Oberleitner, Supervisory Patent Examiner - The United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Review of the concept would tend to support most of the benefits claimed: Ease of operation, light-weight, simple design, low maintenance, compatible with most commercially available skates, and improved braking performance.
Arkansas Center for Technology Transfer; University of Arkansas College of Engineering, Fayetteville, Arkansas

You appear to have solved the issue of a braking system for in-line skates - Thomas Gray, product design student at MIT, Cambridge, MA

The length of my frames makes a traditional brake cumbersome and not very effective, and the Claw looks very promising.
Scott Peer, professional downhill speed racer, Glendale, California; President of Aeroco
It makes all the difference in the wold... I don't like lifting my heel at fast speeds" - Dr. Steve Pere, Sarasota, Florida

As to the brake system, I'm personally interested in anything that makes skating safer. I wear the full body armor when I skate and am on fairly steep hills a lot. Your system interests me, and a strap around my leg is a minor annoyance [compared to wearing protective gear]. - Jim M.

I live in the perfect area for your product--at the foothills of the Catskill Mountains in NY. I've yet to find a product that meets the demands of this hilly terrain. I think there would be a lot more bladers out here if there was an effective braking system. I'm tired of wearing out wheels using the T-stop and the T-stop doesn't really help me deal with this terrain.
I just gave The Claw it's first workout. I definitely like it better than the standard brake which is totally useless when I need it most--goin down a hill. I know from the experiences of a good friend that the process of trying to bring a new invention to the marketplace is usually a massive undertaking (liability, venture capital, etc.). Anyway, I appreciate all your efforts and I hope it'll catch on.
Since I hadn't fully tested the Claw before I sent my last message, I wanted to let you know how wonderfully it is working for me. This morning I finally had the nerve to go down a killer of a hill (to give you an idea about the pitch of this hill, if I coast from a standstill at the top with a bike, I hit 30-35 MPH by the time reach the bottom). With the Claw I was able to control my speed without losing my balance. I wouldn't dare try that hill without something like the Claw. To say the least, using the Claw has allowed me to venture down any road that I want. It has definitely fueled my addiction to blading. Thanks for your offer to keep me stocked in brake pads but put that money toward getting the Claw on the market!
Art Mellor, New York

I can see the potential of a well designed hand-activated brake. In particular, the ability to stop without having to life three or four wheels on my skate is especially appealing. - Earl W.
               Provisional Patent Documents
Provisional Patent Documents
Patent Text
1996_dd_cable_pull.pdf
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1216 kb
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1996_ppa_cuff_activated_text.pdf
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1565 kb
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1996_ppa_cuff_activated.pdf
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2522 kb
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Utility Patent Documents
4-06_amendment_a.pdf
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3448 kb
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5-97_office_action_specification.pdf
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1970 kb
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9-97_corrected_drawings.pdf
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4629 kb
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99_drawing_correction_attempt.pdf
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1127 kb
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corrected_amendment_a.doc
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41 kb
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notices_of_allow_forgn_grant.pdf
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2779 kb
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chrono__sns.pdf
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508 kb
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patent_partial_corr-drwngs.pdf
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235 kb
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gun case patent by eric talaska.doc
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34 kb
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doc
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Picture
Inventor Eric Talaska
20th Anniversary of Conceptualization
Pinellas Trail, Dunedin, Florida - Jan. 2016
(conceptualized at an intersection just like this one on the trail)
Others Who Copied
Timeline
Invented by Eric Talaska December, 1995 on the Pinellas Trail - Dunedin, Florida .
The first model was built in the basement of Eric's cousin's house in Columbia, Maryland in December, 1995.
Since it worked well, Eric decided to do a thorough patent search at the nearby Patent Office.
The patent search resulted in there being nothing close, so Eric bagan the patent application in 1996.
In 1996 SkateBrake.com was used to market this invention, one of the relatively first domain names in the world.
Patent Application Filed April, 1996. Patent issued Jan. 1999.
In 2000, invention usage videos were uploaded; some of the relatively first videos online.
2000 to 2004, was sold in some Play It Again sporting goods stores.
In 2016, the original patent and prototype models are on display at the National Museum of Rollerskating.
Hand Activated Brake Production Models
Inline Skate Braking System Evaluations

"Transforming the skate into a hand-activated braking system would provide additional balance for the skater when initiating a stopping or slowing action." Robert Oberleitner, Supervisory Patent Examiner - The United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Review of the concept would tend to support most of the benefits claimed: Ease of operation, light-weight, simple design, low maintenance, compatible with most commercially available skates, and improved braking performance.
Arkansas Center for Technology Transfer; University of Arkansas College of Engineering, Fayetteville, Arkansas

You appear to have solved the issue of a braking system for in-line skates - Thomas Gray, product design student at MIT, Cambridge, MA

The length of my frames makes a traditional brake cumbersome and not very effective, and the Claw looks very promising.
Scott Peer, professional downhill speed racer, Glendale, California; President of Aeroco
It makes all the difference in the wold... I don't like lifting my heel at fast speeds" - Dr. Steve Pere, Sarasota, Florida

As to the brake system, I'm personally interested in anything that makes skating safer. I wear the full body armor when I skate and am on fairly steep hills a lot. Your system interests me, and a strap around my leg is a minor annoyance [compared to wearing protective gear]. - Jim M.

I live in the perfect area for your product--at the foothills of the Catskill Mountains in NY. I've yet to find a product that meets the demands of this hilly terrain. I think there would be a lot more bladers out here if there was an effective braking system. I'm tired of wearing out wheels using the T-stop and the T-stop doesn't really help me deal with this terrain.
I just gave The Claw it's first workout. I definitely like it better than the standard brake which is totally useless when I need it most--goin down a hill. I know from the experiences of a good friend that the process of trying to bring a new invention to the marketplace is usually a massive undertaking (liability, venture capital, etc.). Anyway, I appreciate all your efforts and I hope it'll catch on.
Since I hadn't fully tested the Claw before I sent my last message, I wanted to let you know how wonderfully it is working for me. This morning I finally had the nerve to go down a killer of a hill (to give you an idea about the pitch of this hill, if I coast from a standstill at the top with a bike, I hit 30-35 MPH by the time reach the bottom). With the Claw I was able to control my speed without losing my balance. I wouldn't dare try that hill without something like the Claw. To say the least, using the Claw has allowed me to venture down any road that I want. It has definitely fueled my addiction to blading. Thanks for your offer to keep me stocked in brake pads but put that money toward getting the Claw on the market!
Art Mellor, New York

I can see the potential of a well designed hand-activated brake. In particular, the ability to stop without having to life three or four wheels on my skate is especially appealing. - Earl W.
               Provisional Patent Documents
Provisional Patent Documents
Patent Text
1996_dd_cable_pull.pdf
File Size: 
1216 kb
File Type: 
pdf
1996_ppa_cuff_activated_text.pdf
File Size: 
1565 kb
File Type: 
pdf
1996_ppa_cuff_activated.pdf
File Size: 
2522 kb
File Type: 
pdf
Utility Patent Documents
4-06_amendment_a.pdf
File Size: 
3448 kb
File Type: 
pdf
5-97_office_action_specification.pdf
File Size: 
1970 kb
File Type: 
pdf
9-97_corrected_drawings.pdf
File Size: 
4629 kb
File Type: 
pdf
99_drawing_correction_attempt.pdf
File Size: 
1127 kb
File Type: 
pdf
corrected_amendment_a.doc
File Size: 
41 kb
File Type: 
doc
notices_of_allow_forgn_grant.pdf
File Size: 
2779 kb
File Type: 
pdf
chrono__sns.pdf
File Size: 
508 kb
File Type: 
pdf
patent_partial_corr-drwngs.pdf
File Size: 
235 kb
File Type: 
pdf
gun case patent by eric talaska.doc
File Size: 
34 kb
File Type: 
doc