Quoted from toyotaboy:
I don't think this has anything to do with "patents", but more so JPOP doesn't exactly have a 3d library of all those components for doing a layout, that had to be all modeled up. Like he's said, he's had to build everything from the ground up, including lining up vendors
Vid1900, this one is for you.
If utility patents have expired, which I agree with you they have. If many to most of the parts he needs are readily available through vendors (Marco, PBL, PPS direct, etc) and when we're talking about only 25-50 machines is there any reason out there he can't simply buy 50 of each part he needs through them? Cover up he's the buyer if he's concerned out being blocked by PPS. Why the need to have a third party re-invent the wheel?
Now for the new parts unique to the game, ok, I understand. Although it's not incredibly difficult to find a vendor willing to produce them, even a low run. There are always vendors who didn't win their bid to produce the components for the next PPS, JJP, Stern game not necessarily due to quality, but because of price. Those vendors need work too and are willing to service the low hanging fruit of the JPOPS. Of course I understand JPOPs machines may have a few high tech mechs, but that will not be the majority of the components so let's put that aside for the sake of this discussion.