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Posted By: Doug on September 17, 2011
Hey. Thanks for again speaking up.
From my up close and personal perspective, 90% of the IDEO is 100% Marmaduke with Marmaduke openly crediting his colleagues and predecessors for their contributions.
The CFI should be commended for answering Marmaduke’s challenge and expending some of their significant resources for the limb salvaged wounded warrior requiring orthotic care. They should also be commended for their “return to running program” (developed after Marmaduke showed them it could be done). However, the CFI also needs to be questioned about the pursuit of a patent. What’s up with that?
Kevin, thanks for your service to our country.
Doug Van Atta, CPO
From: Kevin Matthews <[E-mail Address Removed]>
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Sent: Thu, Sep 8, 2011 8:14 pm
Subject: [OANDP-L] Politics
Following is a quote from a local San Antonio newspaper. It includes a link to
the article. The advancement they are discussing is an awesome design that I
will also soon be making in my practice. I have been involved since the
beginning in an odd way. This all started with an active duty patient of mine
several years ago. Long story short, I got my friend and sometimes mentor,
Marmaduke Loke, involved with the military. He started in Hawaii and when word
got out about the results he was getting he was invited to Brooke Army Medical
Center, Home of the "Center For the Intrepid, CFI. He dazzled them with his
brilliance and soon he was making many lucky soldiers his 'DBS AFO", in my
opinion the most amazing orthosis on the planet. After treating more than
thirty soldiers issues arose, no comment, and the realionship was severed.
The CFI soon developed their IDEO, Intrepid Dynamic Exoskeletal Orthosis (Is
there such a thing as an endoskeletal orthosis?). I recently held a golf
tournament locally and many soldiers were sponsored. Several were wearing this
design. I sent an email to Ryan Blanck, the inventor, asking where he got the
struts he used in his design. He told me he couldn't tell me because they were
in the process of patenting the design. I have since found the source and will
be playing with the material. I have grand ideas.
My question is this. It has always been my understanding (11 1/2 years active
service) the government cannot patent anything. Can they profit off the
taxpayer with an invention derived from taxpayer dollars? I would like to know
because I'm gonna start making them and don't want to be sued by Uncle Sam.
Thoughts? The link to Sundays article follows, with a quote from a primary
contributer. They sure are taking a lot of credit for Marmaduke's idea.
“The IDEO could be the most significant orthopedic advancement to come out of
the war on terror,” said Dr. Michael Bosse, co-principal investigator with the
Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium, which oversees research on
orthopedic trauma treatments. “It may be a game changer in the way we treat and
view lower-extremity injuries.”
Read more: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/article/Braced-to-get-back-in-the-game-2154876.php#ixzz1XPks8ea8
Kevin C. Matthews, CO/LO
Advanced Orthopedic Designs
12315 Judson Rd. #206
San Antonio, Texas 78233
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