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Combination of off the shelf components...
« on: May 8th, 2006, 10:36pm »
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Hi all,  
 
Can the use of a combination of exisitng mechanisms used together to create a new and innovative use be patented?  I have developed a new product that is not available anywhere on the market for the reteival of golf balls from up to 140 meters, from where you stand.  It is good for practicing driving the ball down the range using the same ball over and over again.  The distance the ball travels can also be controlled.
 
Any comments would be appreciated.
 
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Re: Combination of off the shelf components...
« Reply #1 on: May 9th, 2006, 12:33am »
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Combinations of old elements can be patentable.  It is the
combination as a whole that is evaluated for novelty and nonobviousness, and not just the individual elements.
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Re: Combination of off the shelf components...
« Reply #2 on: May 9th, 2006, 6:01am »
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HI Again,
 
So, does that mean tha if I converted a car into a submarine I would be able to patent it?
 
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Re: Combination of off the shelf components...
« Reply #3 on: May 9th, 2006, 7:49am »
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It depends on what you did to convert it.
 
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Re: Combination of off the shelf components...
« Reply #4 on: May 9th, 2006, 6:05pm »
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Jeff,
 
Obviously a car would not operate under water, I would have to add a source of oxegen for combustion, seal the vehicle and so on.  I have in a sense added some other existing technology but am able to operate under a diferent environment and have achieved diferent results from the original "car" idea.  If you get my drift.
 
Is it now patentable because it does something diffeent from the original idea (car).
 
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