- Feb 10, 2009
If someone who owned the drawings sold them to the NOC, then why do you think they belong to anyone other than NOC?
My understanding (right or wrong) is that Garner did indeed own the IP for ‘the old stuff’ and then sold it to AN.Surely then, the IP rights should really rest with Norton at Donnington as they bought the right to produce machinery and components using the Norton name?
If NOC bought the drawings in good faith at what was a confused time in the history of Norton, it is entirely possible that they thought they also bought the IP with the original drawings.
As Kommando says, no doubt it will be tested in court shortly, F.Eddie is also right, a business will not let it go easily....interesting times ahead
Andover Norton owns the Intellectual Property, sole Copyright, and all other rights on all Norton Dominator and Commando models manufactured before 2002.
The company I worked for was bought and sold 3 times during my time with them, the IP ownership was always covered in the contract between seller and buyer, there was not always a clear cut movement but always went somewhere. Use of trademarks by former subsidiaries could be allowed for set periods as an example.IP, of which copyright is a part is always owned during the life of the copyright, whether with a company, directors, husband and wife, banks and receivers / administrators etc.
Well, after many hours of trying to build the 5 speed box, I have to admit defeat! The holes in the Nourish casting have been machined out of place, so when you mount the T140 inner cover, the gears lock up as the main and lay shafts are twisted! So many modifications to get this far. Shame. Have also ascertained that the High Gear Assembly he supplied (with broken teeth) was not a T140 unit! It has 20 teeth whereas the T140 has 21...Interesting, and to an extent, obvious. Andover Norton do manufacture new parts, but I also thought Norvil and RGM had those rights too?
Bushell was only really interested in the crankshaft billets, or so it seems? The other stuff he has is all used. I do wonder how and where the brand new Norton main shaft came from, and I guess the Nourish AMC gearbox main body casting was a left over from David Nourish days. Very murky here..
You will also need a new mainshaft if you wish to continue with the Norton clutch, and they are poorly machined also.Im in a similar predicament, the norton 4 speed I was running has blown up, looking to upgrade to the speed gearbox. I have already had the 5 speed triumph cluster, but was looking to using nourish gearbox cases, but by the sounds it's not worth going down that path. Does anyone else make strong cases to 5 speed triumph cluster any more?
I also now have a 4 speed standard gearbox for the Norton...!You will also need a new mainshaft if you wish to continue with the Norton clutch, and they are poorly machined also.
If you have the cash, try Mick Hemmings - he does 5 and 6 speed Norton gearbox conversions...