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linkid
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Can I patent something like this?...
« on: Jul 22nd, 2006, 3:50pm »
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Can I patent an idea to use two existing products in a new combinantion?
 
For example: A fax machine with a built in phone. Both the phone and fax machine already exist but the combination of the two would be new (not really of course, just for example).
 
Your comments would be appreciated.
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« Reply #1 on: Jul 22nd, 2006, 3:51pm »
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oops wrong forums moved to "is this patentable".
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Re: Can I patent something like this?...
« Reply #2 on: Jul 22nd, 2006, 3:53pm »
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on Jul 22nd, 2006, 3:50pm, linkid wrote:
Can I patent an idea to use two existing products in a new combinantion?
 
For example: A fax machine with a built in phone. Both the phone and fax machine already exist but the combination of the two would be new (not really of course, just for example).
 
Your comments would be appreciated.

Yes, a new and non-obvious combination of known things is patentable.
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« Reply #3 on: Jul 22nd, 2006, 5:01pm »
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Would that example (fax+phone) be considered non-obvious?
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Re: Can I patent something like this?...
« Reply #4 on: Jul 22nd, 2006, 7:43pm »
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on Jul 22nd, 2006, 5:01pm, linkid wrote:
Would that example (fax+phone) be considered non-obvious?

It's not novel, so we don't even need to address obviousness.
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