From my understanding, PSJ slice is so small because the operation started by making the boats illegally. The other builders, Kirby and the ILCA decided to licence the operation rather than shutting it down. Obviously this all happened really early on in the laser history.
His exclusion is more likely because of his involvement with the ILCA, he's part of the technical committee, etc
In defence of Takao. He's one of the strongest supporters of the class out there. If the origins of the PSJ is as I understand, it would have been done to introduce the class to Japan because he thought the concept and the boat was so great and not like many today that want to make a quick buck.
Hmm... I can't see how that makes a difference, as both other builders are represented in the World Council, while Takao only has a "consultant" role. I don't know if being on the Technical and Measurement Committee is a big deal.
He has multiple roles, not just as a builder but also as a representative of the Asia Pacific Region and the Japanese Laser Association. The other 2 builders I assume are only ever representing themselves as builders (Chris is a Laser sailor and a member of the NSW LA but isn't involved with the district or regional committee).
I agree that if the Laser class was to have an owner-of-all-rights, TO would be a good choice.
But no one can buy any rights from Kirby because he doesn't have any. What he does have is a few contracts with a few other companies and organizations. Most of those others think of those contracts quite differently than he does, and therefore they've all been in court for two years. (Short story of this thread.)
Probably not, at least not yet. LP is moving its Sunfish production from Rhode Island to China, but it doesn't affect Lasers - they haven't been built at the RI plant for several years anyway. It all depends what LP is planning to to do with the Banbury plant.
The judge has dismissed Bruce Kirby's claims against both Laser Performance and the Laser class on the grounds that Bruce Kirby has no standing to sue them, because he sold all his contractual and intellectual property rights to Global Sailing.
I don't think Kirby can sue anyone else. But what Global Sailing will do now is anybody's guess. They are still $1.6 million out of pocket with very little to show for it. And I suppose Kirby's lawyers could always appeal.