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Re: about "public use" in 102(b)
« Reply #5 on: Nov 21st, 2007, 12:21am »
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It should be added -  
Even if a use is "public", it will not trigger 102b if the use was experimental.  (The "experimental use exception".)
If I invent a new reel for a fishing rod, and I'm still perfecting it, I can give a few prototypes to my friends to use to offer feedback so that I can fine-tune it.
That's a dangerous game however; the jury/judge might decide that your use was not experimental after all and that you were merely giving them away.
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