Anthony Schlegel Pursuing Continued Growth for Football Equipment Company, The Difference USA, After Receiving Patent for Striking Machine

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analyticalguy's picture

Another Buckeye doing Buckeye things. Good luck to him!

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Moutarde's picture

How's this for hand placement?  Go Anthony!

A thing repeated will happen a third time.

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FeedZeke420's picture

man that was glorious to see live

Go Bucks!

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Ortonhallalumni's picture

Iis that other guy in the picture bobby carpenter?

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NHBuckeye's picture

Love it!  Yet another example of how the OSU Program sets you up to be successful after football.  

Fields of Dreams

 

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

I hope to see The Difference in high schools here in South Alabama. Keep it going, Mr. Schlegel.

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AZ Buckeye13's picture

I find it interesting that Schlegel could get a patent on that without Ohio State claiming the rights to the product. At the time, Anthony was an employee at Ohio State and the Buckeyes were using a crude version of the product. Usually that means that the current employer has all rights to the invention since their employee developed it.

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CowCat's picture

It depends on what is in the patent. Patents tend to be very specific as to what features can be claimed. I have 10 patents (3 granted/7 pending) through my time at Microsoft. It's really a bizarre process. Some aspects that you think are very unique don't make it, and other aspects that are seemingly trivial do make it.

It also depends on whether it's a utility patent or a design patent. I'd guess that the final product has at least 6 design aspects that differ from a crude prototype. I'd also guess that a utility patent is hard to get: "Blocking practice dummy" is pretty generic.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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AZ Buckeye13's picture

Thanks for the insight CowCat.

The reason I questioned it was I knew someone who worked for a soft drink company. Kids kept sticking their arms up the opening of the machine where the drink was dispensed and stealing cans of pop. He developed a piece that fit near the opening that would allow the can to drop through but a person could no longer reach up to where the cans were located. He developed it in his garage and pitched it to his company. The device worked great and then the company declared that since he was an employee of the company that the device was their intellectual property. The guy didn't have the money or desire to fight it so he just gave in to the company's pressure. 

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Frimmel's picture

They can't claim rights to the patent until he has the patent. It seems likely they'll come looking for a cut at some point. 

You've got to kick at the darkness till it bleeds daylight. 

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EZE4TD's picture

OSU would be stupid to try that. How much money could we be talking about? (Life-changing for you and I, but a drop in the bucket for them.) He's already got significant sales in college and the NFL and still needs the high schools to make it big. Hopefully it is the springboard that launches a billion dollar company for him, but overall the item itself is very niche. They talk about Real-World Wednesdays and helping players build their personal brands. Wouldn't be a good look to have AS saying, "Yeah, they help build your brand, but when it becomes worth something, they take a piece." Better to help him turn his overall business into the next UnderArmour. Happily accept whatever donations he sends back and make him THE posterchild of what an OSU football player can do with a business degree. 

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SantaBarbaraBuck's picture

100% agree

"Man I wish everyone stop saying I beat a kid in the hospital 91-35.... It was 98-35, had 91 with 1:26 left in the 4th"
- Cardale Jones

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AZ Buckeye13's picture

With OSU's track record so far I wouldn't put anything past them. They won't even let a BB team of alumni players in the TBT use Scarlet and Gray as the team name. They can be pretty petty if they choose to do so. 

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analyticalguy's picture

Maybe the applicable language isn't (or at least wasn't) standard in employment contracts for such employees as assistant strength coaches. Who would expect them to be inventing something?

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Triv's picture

Dan Oglevee was my (and Bobby and Anthony's) entrepreneurship professor in Fisher, and he actually talked about this in our class. Awesome story, and one of my favorite classes I ever took at Ohio State.

Edit: to clarify, I was not in class with Bobby and Anthony. Prof. Oglevee had already started the company with them when I took his class

Sorry Urban, Woody is still my favorite

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livinthedream's picture

Lets see, a former OSU player and coach who attended the real life Wednesdays went on to get his MBA and is now an entrepreneur with a burgeoning company.  Sounds like the kind of success story that one might want to impart to recruits.

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EZE4TD's picture

Ding, ding, ding. That's what I used 10x more words to say above. 

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ScarletGray43157's picture

I personally found this story to be very inspiring and encouraging. 

If Ohio State goes after a piece of the profits, how long until opposing recruiters use that action to shoot holes in Real Life Wednesdays? I hope it doesn't happen that way. 

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

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