It seems some confusion or perhaps just misinfo has become standard on this topic. This is what I've witnessed over the years. Staton Inc since 1984 was the originator of this aluminum channel linage of friction drives and are manufactured by his small shop and made in the USA. (from what I see flmotorbikes is a reseller of Staton). BMP copied Staton and jobbed out the manufacturing to local shops in the US but went out of business trying to compete in price wars with others who again copied the same basic design and went off-shore for cheap manufacturing.
It might be instructive to look up the definition and differences between copyright and patent http://www.lawmart.com/forms/difference.htm
to see just how ludicrous it is when misapplied, poetic license on marketing and showmanship aside.