Sports Products Innovator Scores Latest Patent

Rick Howell, the sports products innovator from Stowe, Vermont, is the sole inventor of a second patent granted, today, by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C. on the breakthrough new alpine ski-binding that mitigates knee-injuries without unwanted pre-release.
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STOWE, VERMONT -- Rick Howell, the sports products innovator from Stowe, Vermont, who is the sole inventor of Tubbs' first high-tech snowshoes; the world's first hands-off clipless bicycle pedal system, CycleBinding; and several other innovations -- is the sole inventor of a second patent granted, today, by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C. on the breakthrough new alpine ski-binding that mitigates knee-injuries without unwanted pre-release.

Howell stated, "this second ski-binding patent further validates the strength of my 40-years of work in ski-binding development -- and proves, without question, that my litigation efforts are bona fide to re-gain my ski-binding company from the purported investor who hijacked my technology and my company". Howell is three years and several hundred dollars of legal fees into litigation in Washington Superior Court to, in-part, regain the assets of his ski-binding company -- litigation that's a consequence of a purported investor who fraudulently induced Howell to give-up a large portion of his company's stock. "The legal system is a difficult world because some days it appears that it comes down to staying-power rather than proper business behavior. Who ever pays their lawyers longer appears to drive what may, ultimately, be the final outcome of the ownership of the patents and the assets of the company that's linked to the patents."

U.S. Patent 7,887,084 grants legal-monopoly rights to make, use, sell and to involve others to sell ski-bindings that utilize at least one claim within the patent. Howell states, "The engineering focus of this specific patent is centered on advanced biomechanical technology that allows the binding to distinguish between one key type of 'loading event' that can cause a knee injury from other types of loads that are only deployed during controlled skiing. This patented technology allows the binding to not pre-release in a third-mode of 'lateral heel release', which mitigation of pre-release -- even at low release settings -- allows the binding to mitigate strain across the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) of the knee." Howell goes on to say, "with this patented technology, skiers can now expand their performance envelope to ski with a new level of confidence."

The patent technology is positioned to create new jobs in Vermont, drive skiers into ski-shops, reduce medical expenses and help ski areas grow the sport of skiing, internationally. The litigation is fast-tracked for trial in mid-May, while in the meantime, Howell's efforts are focused on raising more funding for his lawyers. Howell states that he "expects to win, again".

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Rick Howell

President

Howell Product Development, Inc.

Stowe, Vermont

802.793.4849 cell / text

rick.howell@howellproductdev.com

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