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Arthur Ehrat Papers, 1865-2005, 2011 (bulk 1970-1990)

view Arthur Ehrat Papers, 1865-2005, 2011 (bulk 1970-1990) digital asset number 1
Donor:
Ehrat, Arthur
Creator:
Tyner, Frederick
Staubly, Ralph
Moore, McPherson
Dittrich, William
Toss Back
Pro Form Fitness Products Inc
Porter Equipment Company
Nixdorff-Krein Industries
Icon Health and Fitness Inc
Gared Company
Diversified Products
Basketball Products International
Interviewer:
Fleckner, John A. 1941-
Collector:
Music, Sports and Entertainment, Division of, NMAH, SI
Physical description:
10 cu. ft. : 26 boxes
Type:
Oral history
Collection descriptions
Audiovisual materials
Legal records
Patents
Photographs
Interviews
Videotapes
Date:
1865
1865-2005
1865-2005, 2011 bulk 1970-1990
1950-1990
20th century
2000-2010
Notes:
Farmer, grain elevator manager, inventor.
Summary:
Papers, primarily relating to Ehrat's invention of the breakaway basketball rim, including patents, licensing documents, and litigation documents; also photographs of Ehrat and his prototypes, audiovisual materials including oral history interviews with him conducted by John Fleckner, videos of appearances he made, and papers relating to his other inventions and ideas. The most voluminous portion of the records relates to the challenges Ehrat went through getting his invention patented, and defending himself and his invention from infringement claims. There are papers from eight civil action lawsuits. Some of the companies and persons involved in these challenges are Basketball Products International, Diversified Products, Gared Company, Icon Health and Fitness Inc., Nixdorff-Krein Industries, Porter Equipment Company, Pro Form Fitness Products, Toss Back, William Dittrich, Ralph Staubly, and Frederick Tyner. 2015 addendum documents William A. Dittrich's work with Ehrat on basketball related inventions.
Cite as:
Arthur Ehrat Papers, 1865-2005, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Patent suits
Baketball hoops
Sporting goods industry
Inventors
Inventions
Basketball
Local number:
2005.3107 (NMAH Acc.)
2015.3036 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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