Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Silver Spring, MD (MABRA/MAC)
Bikes: Cannondale Cyclocross, Specialized Langster, Giant TCR-C2 Composite
I don't know about an actual patent on the color, but it's more to tradition the colors associated with some of the more well know companies like Bianchi and Gios. There's most likely a standard Pantone swatch that each company refers to when mixing up thier colors, but it seems nowadays colors are on the outs with the advent of the poplular natural blackish carbon fiber weave.