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Comment: Re:Lawsuit city! (Score 1) 257

by akmed (#7080792) Attached to: Build Your Own Segway
http://uscode.house.gov/uscode-cgi/fastweb.exe?get doc+uscview+t33t36+1484+0++%28%29%20%20AND%20%28%2 835%29%20ADJ%20USC%29%3ACITE%20AND%20%28USC%20w%2F 10%20%28271%29%29%3ACITE%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%2 0

Yes is the simple answer to the first question. Probably not is the answer to the second question. If the Segway is covered by patents and this guy is using their patented technology in developing it then he'd likely be liable for infringement under the above provision of the US Code. What damages there would be can be found in 35 USC 281-287. No this isn't legal advice. Talk to a lawyer before considering building this device as described in that you may run into legal trouble as well. He might also be liable for actively inducing others to infringe but I dunno about that. If the Segway is patented, then you can get a copy of the plans for it from the patent office. That's the deal with patents. You tell everyone how to make what you made and in return we'll allow you full rights to exclude others from making it for X years.

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