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#645377 - 07/18/11 05:08 PM Mira Future cuts - Banned country list
lessw Offline

The Florentine Diamond

Registered: 04/04/02
Posts: 5294
Hi all,
We've posted the listing of countries that Charles and Colvard has patent protection in currently for cutting 'Silicon Carbide Gemstones' (moissanite).

There are 27 and the US expiry is 2015. Until these expire or are invalidated, we are not able to offer any of the upcoming/future Mira cuts to customers in these countries (Asscher, emerald, H&A, etc).

Quote:
Customer's in countries not shown below will be able to purchase Mira's in the new cuts as soon as we have them available.

Silicon Carbide Gemstones – Patent protection is in effect until 2015:

Europe: EP0853690 (Designated countries)
AUSTRIA
Belgium
SWITZERLAND
GERMANY
DENMARK
SPAIN
FINLAND
FRANCE
UNITED KINGDOM
Greece
Ireland
Italy
Liechtenstein
Luxembourg
Monaco
Netherlands
Portugal
Sweden

Canada CA 2230262
Hong Kong HK 1015423
Austria AT 253132
Australia AU 710841
United States US 5723391
Brazil BR 9610393
Japan JP 11507906
Russia RU 2156330
China CN 96196588.6
Note that the patent in Korea was thrown out due to "lack of innovation" and thus customer in Korea may purchase future Mira's at any time.

Korea KR 1019980701486 (invalidated)

Until the patents in the above countries expire or are invalidated, we cannot sell any Mira's that we have cut to customers in those countries.

We can and will continue to offer the standard round brilliant cut (cut by Charles and Colvard) and cushion cut to the above countries.




Link to site page (slightly better formatting there as well):
Mira Banned Countries until 2015

Best regards
Less



Edited by lessw (07/18/11 09:27 PM)
Edit Reason: France was listed 2x - 2nd 'France' is Greece - fixed
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#645380 - 07/18/11 05:17 PM Re: Mira Future cuts - Banned country list [Re: lessw]
cmmk Offline
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Thanks for posting this, Less. I know a lot of people have been curious.


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#645381 - 07/18/11 05:19 PM Re: Mira Future cuts - Banned country list [Re: lessw]
gemcat Offline

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Registered: 04/17/05
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Thanks, Less. One question, though. Why is France listed twice?

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#645383 - 07/18/11 05:31 PM Re: Mira Future cuts - Banned country list [Re: gemcat]
lessw Offline

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Registered: 04/04/02
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Originally Posted By: gemcat
Thanks, Less. One question, though. Why is France listed twice?


It's 'doubly banned' in France. smile

No, actually I don't know and will have to point this out to our lawyers who compiled this list.

I suspect there is a different Euro country that was intended for the second France mention.

Thanks for spotting this!
Less

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#645384 - 07/18/11 05:31 PM Re: Mira Future cuts - Banned country list [Re: lessw]
Cricketgrrl Offline
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Registered: 10/07/03
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Wow! When will the H&A stones be ready for shipping to non-patented countries?! I have a friend in a non-patented country who is interested in Mira.

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#645385 - 07/18/11 05:33 PM Re: Mira Future cuts - Banned country list [Re: Cricketgrrl]
lessw Offline

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Registered: 04/04/02
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Originally Posted By: Cricketgrrl
Wow! When will the H&A stones be ready for shipping to non-patented countries?! I have a friend in a non-patented country who is interested in Mira.


2012 is a safe bet. End of 2011 is possible, but I'd hate to promise and then not be able to deliver...we're still setting up a lot of the infrastructure for it and some of it has to be done overseas in a foreign 'clean' country so can't be as precise as if it was all here.

Best regards
Less

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#645387 - 07/18/11 05:37 PM Re: Mira Future cuts - Banned country list [Re: lessw]
cmmk Offline
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Registered: 07/07/11
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Cricketgrrl, lucky you!! I can't think of any friends I have in a non-banned country, except for people I haven't talked to in YEARS.


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#645389 - 07/18/11 05:42 PM Re: Mira Future cuts - Banned country list [Re: lessw]
Cricketgrrl Offline
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Registered: 10/07/03
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Originally Posted By: lessw
2012 is a safe bet. End of 2011 is possible, but I'd hate to promise and then not be able to deliver...we're still setting up a lot of the infrastructure for it and some of it has to be done overseas in a foreign 'clean' country so can't be as precise as if it was all here.

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Less
Thanks, Less! This is exciting! I'll let her know!

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#645396 - 07/18/11 06:32 PM Re: Mira Future cuts - Banned country list [Re: lessw]
MissCassie Offline
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Registered: 06/20/10
Posts: 3244
Loc: Minnesota
*gasp* New Zealand isn't on there! Uh-oh, wheels are turning, wheels are turning... and I actually really have wanted to go there for a long time.

Mwhahahaha, now my FH is going to wonder why I'm suddenly adamant that we go to New Zealand for our honeymoon, lol!

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#645427 - 07/18/11 07:23 PM Re: Mira Future cuts - Banned country list [Re: lessw]
klaudismum Offline
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Registered: 02/21/11
Posts: 744
Loc: AUS
Albania & Greece are not on there YES I have relatives in both countries!!! Less start cutting I want an 8mm!!


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