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The Tale of the ScaleAn Odyssey of Invention$
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Solly Angel

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195158687

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158687.001.0001

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Either Things Go According to Plan or There Is a Story

Either Things Go According to Plan or There Is a Story

(p.273) 22 Either Things Go According to Plan or There Is a Story
The Tale of the Scale

Solly Angel

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Not long after the meeting with Tanida in Tokyo, Oshima called. A Tanita delegation that had just returned from a home appliances exhibition in Europe saw a thin scale in the Tefal booth at the exhibition. It had four load cells that seemed to be similar to the cat face. Solly Angel promised him that he would get a Tefal scale and examine it to see if indeed there was an infringement of the patent, and that he would look into their legal options. Together with his patent lawyers, they planned on suing this company. It was not pursued because of insufficient money. Later, Solly was out of the scale business and Tanida decided to shelve the thin-scale project until further notice. The approach to the creative challenge was to take a small vision of little consequence and pursue it to the four corners of the world, sparing no effort to realize it.

Keywords:   thin scale project, Tefal, load cell, cat face, patent, Solly Angel

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