Gobi (as Independent Design 2000 or something like that) filed a lawsuit against WM for patent infringement. The 4runner forum is like most and has a lot of emotional and political BS without much actual experience or real knowledge. There are a few people who took the time to look up the actual patents and lawsuit, but both are so mired in legal-speak they're very difficult to understand. I was wondering if any of you had heard of the topic since many here are into overlanding and Gobi is a huge provider of roof racks.
From what it sounds like, Gobi managed to get any vehicle specific roof rack patented, so, even though the racks are different, Baja, Eezi-Awn, WM and any others who make a rack that fits only one vehicle are in violation. If it's true, I applaud the skill of their attorney for pulling that off, but it seems like that shouldn't be patent-able.