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Question regarding limitation/application of Improvement Patent:Company “A” has a patent on “product 1” set to expire shortly. Patent basically covers the way product is assembled, two pieces thread together. Company “A” has designed now designed “product2” which provides same safety intent/utility for the end user as “product 1,” the only differences between product1 and product2 being in how the products are assembled..”Product 2” consists of 3 pieces, and assembles using a snap and a hinge assembly rather than the threading mentioned for “product 1”.Can Company “A” file an improvement patent which ultimately prevents competitors from manufacturing/selling an identical product to “product 1” once its original patent expires? This assumes none of the new specs/features etc. from product2 would be incorporated into the competitor’s versions of product1.Thanks.
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