Weider Licences Bench
 
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     The Weider Multi Fitness Bench contains a variety of single devices; (combination of single devices according
        to my invention, made possible through vertical telescopable posts with build up to thet op and exchange of
        components to a flat bench, etc.!).
       1. Press bench         
       2. Incline Press Bench
       3. Lat.- Triceps.- and Pull machines.            

       4. Biceps Curling Table
       5. Leg Curling etc.     
              

       The protection for the Weider license bench followed from the complete destruction of my rights by the
       US-Examiner! 
   

       These six US-Patents are the cornerstone of the Weider License Bench, which was marketed from about 1983
       in the Weider Muscle and Fitness Magazines in the USA, GB and Canada via licensees. 
 

      
1.  The Flanigan Patent which secured the telescopable post with the assembly of components of any types
             along the top and side.
             This also includes the vertical and horizontal line consisting of the vertically standing post with
horizontally
             diverting tubes and poles.  (Too tubes linie for a bar!)
             (Here in the Flanigan Patent this alignment is confirmed as “novelty” by the US Examiner
Pinkham
             although he hand long since seen this “novelty” in my invention but had blocked it
with a long
             dumbell.)

      2.  The Faust Patent, which secured the “flat bench”, the “Variete”, the bar, the press bench, the inclined
              press bench and the name “Multi” Purpose Exercise Bench.
 
            
The inserting of vertically telescopable adjustable and lockable elements and the exchange of components to
              or upon a post or a flat bench (with vertical posts) is the content of my invention. 
              See in index - German patent and
Prototype.   See letter by patent attorney PA Rehmann to the
              “German Patent Office” in Munich in which he explained the nature of my invention.

      3.  The Murphy Patent, secures the rights of vertical, telescopable posts with barbell supports
             
(for the holding of a horizontally positioned barbell), located opposite of a pull machine!

          
Barbell supports are equipped with grips of a bar (pipes), for dips, which are horizontally
            welded onto the barbell supports.

      4.  The  McIntosh Patent secures the rights of the telescopable, adjustable and lockable posts
              which are attached either as barbell supports by the sides of a flat bench (lounger etc.) or
              used separately on their own without bench.

      5.  The Rogers Patent secures the rights for inserting, interchanging and assembling tubes and
              components into, onto or above the hollow  vertical posts of a flat - or incline bench. The
              height of the tubes and components is telescopically adjustable and lockable.

      6.  The Owens Patent secures the rights of the bar, lat- and triceps machines, rowing machine,
              curling table and the incline bench, which are definitely components belonging to a
              Multi Purpose Exercise Bench. ( Weider License Bench)

       In this respect an excerpt of the statement by US Patent Attorney Koch:

      The Buckeye Barbell, Continental, and Para Body Systems are all similar to the Weider system in certain aspects.
      The systems each include various vertical telescoping portions. The Para Body Systems ad shows only vertically
      aligned tubes and barbell supports and no horizontally aligned tubes.
      The Para Body, therefore, also does not infrige the claims. The Continental and Buckeye Systems also show
       vertically aligned extending barbell supports. In addition to these barbell supports, both Continental and
       Buckeye include horizontal bars mounted on vertically telescoping portions of the benches. These horizontal
       bars are apparently provided so that dipping exercises may be perfomed with these systems. Although these
       systems both show the parallel bars, we find that they are not within the scope of the claims. The claims recite
       upright supports including tubes extending over and parallel to the bench and dumbbell bar supports for
       supporting a dumbbell telescopically receivable in the horizontal tubes..

       Neither Continental nor Buckeye show such dumbbell bar supports associated with any horizontally aligned
       tubes.

       None of the devices depicted in the magazine advertisements provided exhibit each and every feature set forth
       in the broadest independent claim and as such, none of the claims of the patent are literally infringed by
       the depicted devices