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« on: Dec 3rd, 2006, 9:47pm »
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Lets assume that JOEY holds a patent for a method or system to automatically fill his dogs water dish.  He developed his product and sells it.
 
Now BOB comes along with an idea to improve upon the base design of JOEY's water dish.  BOB's idea builds upon JOE'Y's idea by automatically filling the dogs water dish and giving him a mist of smell good when he drank.
 
If the method BOB uses to incorporate the dog water dish system in is pet smell good device is described in  JOEY's patent can BOB patent his product or does he have to pay JOEY?
 
If the method BOB uses to incorporate the dog water
dish system in is pet smell good device is effectually similar but physically and/or methodically different is he ok or is it just another stinky old dog?
 
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Re: Product Enhancement
« Reply #1 on: Dec 4th, 2006, 8:16am »
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In general, improvements to existing devices may be patentable.  Let's say Joey has a patent on A+B+C and Bob invents and receives a patent on A+B+C+D.  Bob may not practice his invention without permission (license) from Joey.  Alternatively, Joey cannot add D to his product without permission from Bob.
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on Dec 3rd, 2006, 9:47pm, scotthoodriver wrote:
Bynote:  If somebody patents that remember me....
Assuming you've made an enabling disclosure and "somebody" sees it, they are not the inventor and may not receive a patent.  
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