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TLDRit could yes; and my post did nothing more (clearly, I think) than point out that given this patent’s embodiments (and assuming there’s no other patent we’re unaware of), the design of that tonneau cover presented all kinds of engineering or use-case challenges to a co-located midgate.
specifically, I mentioned a half-dozen times how if a midgate was co-located (eg the engineering bits resolved), there would still be necessary unavoidable impacts to the use-cases of the tonneau.
granted, I did not cover an engineering solution that instead also folded the tonneau itself when the midgate was deployed. But that potential engineering solution has the exact same consequence as the other scenarios I mentioned as being possible: the tonneau would be inoperable whenever the midgate was deployed. And so as I mentioned a half dozen ways in the post, that consequence to use case is certainly possible, but would to me seem to result at best in midgate functionality that is a fraction of the hopes of people wanting a midgate. (Because, for just one re-stated example, the orchestration of using the midgate for camping would mean that one must choose to ‘lock in’ the tonneau in either the fully closed or fully open position for the time the midgare is deployed: if you think through that in practical terms, the aspired to midgate camping solution is now pretty damn awkward.)
That said, I’ll now venture past my OP to an attendant point:
Imagine an engineering solution like the one you proposed, a mid-gate that is so mechanically tied to the functionality of the built-in tonneau mechanisms, and realize one of the following two scenarios would likely be necessary:
(1) Tesla would be looking to similarly patent the utility and design of that functionality every bit as much as the embodiments described in this patent; or
(2) Tesla has that other tonneau+midgate patent waiting in the wings to file more contemporaneously with the release of the truck itself, so as not to spoil the release
Now, possibility (2) above is a viable possibility (which is precisely one of many reasons I explicitly limited the scope of my OP to the contents of the existing patent), but I will say it Carrie’s with it some unlikely assumptions from the perspective of the timing and protections patents may afford, but that companies are often balancing this strategy issue.
But at the end of the day, if someone reads my post and the critique they muster is “but there could be another design,” I will nod my head in agreement and then vaguely gesture to the following quote and ask aloud “what exactly did you take away from the fourth sentence of the post
… “or then the conclusion paragraph?”
“and the thread title?”
“Midgate a No-Go (Assuming Tonneau Patent)?