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Re: Combination of off the shelf components...
« Reply #5 on: May 9th, 2006, 7:32pm »
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on May 9th, 2006, 6:05pm, Harry wrote:
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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.

 
Sounds like a primitive version of the "Mach 5".
 
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Is it now patentable because it does something diffeent from the original idea (car).

 
Since submarines already exist, just making a submarine does not make a patentable invention.  We need the details.
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Re: Combination of off the shelf components...
« Reply #6 on: May 10th, 2006, 7:10am »
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Unfortunately, it's not possible to give you an opinion based on the non-specific, general "drift" of an idea.  As Isaac pointed out, submarines are not new, so the question of patentability can only be answered in connection with the details of your conversion.
 
Perhaps this answer will better help you: if your conversion included novel, non-obvious innovations, then you'd be entitled to patent protection on them.
 
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Re: Combination of off the shelf components...
« Reply #7 on: Jun 11th, 2006, 11:29am »
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Jeff really hit it on the head.  If the utility of the item isn't patentable then the improvement or components used in it maybe.  The patent is of course weaker than it would have been on the item itself,  but still.
 
So the conversion kit, and the method of installing it maybe be the best protection you would be entitled to.
 
Well put Jeff
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