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- Location: milwaukee
My friend mentioned that he was there because Goodyear stole his tire patent and is using it for their racing program. As soon as he said that he was out. The judge said, "So your tire is already on the market"? My friend said, "It is already out, but it is being used illegally". I don't know if the judge just didn't understand or if it was directly what my friend John said. We had a Goodyear tire with us with John's technology. Yes, it looks like it is already being produced if you just look at the tire. But, that doesn't mean anything. Tire companies can copy anything and make a blank in less than a day. They asked him what he would do to improve the design with the 50k and he probably wasn't specific enough. I gave him pointers as we were in there, but as soon as he mentioned Goodyear and patent infringement, it went downhill. Who knows, maybe Goodyear has ties with Disney and ABC. It wouldn't surprise me. I really thought he had a shot, but it is television. Maybe they didn't like his look or the way he spoke. I learned a lot from being on the show last year. Things are not always as they seem. Stuff gets lost in the editing room, producers make changes, etc.... One word of wisdom with the show. If you make it far in the competition and get voted off, don't just simply walk out if you want to get your product national recognition. Say something rather than o.k. and leave. If you simply walk out, you will never make it to primetime. It won't be t.v. worthy to them. Trust me, it happened to us. We were one of 3 people in the top 24 that were not even seen getting voted off. Give them something to show. I am not saying to ever sell-out, but at least let them know how you feel. This is a big commitment for everyone who puts themselves out there for the world to see. It is hard to just walk away without having emotion.