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darkeagle10x
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Patent laws across countries
« on: Dec 1st, 2007, 8:18pm »
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How are the patent laws across countries? For example, I know of an product in the UK that is patented there. Very simple designed product that I want to make and market here in the USA. Can I do it without any problems? Do I have to pay something to the inventor in the UK? Can I patent it here in the US myself?
 
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Re: Patent laws across countries
« Reply #1 on: Dec 10th, 2007, 7:13pm »
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Based upon what you've presented, here's what I think.
on Dec 1st, 2007, 8:18pm, darkeagle10x wrote:
How are the patent laws across countries?

In some cases, they're similar (novelty, non-obviousness, useful), but they're sometimes called something different.
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For example, I know of an product in the UK that is patented there. Very simple designed product that I want to make and market here in the USA. Can I do it without any problems?

Generally, yes, unless it's also patented in the US.
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Do I have to pay something to the inventor in the UK?

Not if it's not patented in the US.
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Can I patent it here in the US myself?

See 35 USC 102(f):  "A person shall be entitled to a patent unless . . . he did not himself invent the subject matter sought to be patented".  So . . . no.
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