When is it a good idea to start looking into protecting your rear end configuration. This has been a grey area for me, its probably the last thing that I think of when developing. This topic comes up every time someone looks at my franken bikes, did you get a patent, did you get a patent, well no. Like i said I just like developing and have never felt like I was getting anywhere near to the point of patening anything I have developed. Are those poor man's patents worth anything, or should I just toss the envelopes in the fire? Is this the right forum for this thread? New soul to RM and the world, old battered shop rat soul to bike industry.