[time-nuts] WWVB for Time Nuts

Bob Camp kb8tq at n1k.org
Sat Aug 9 18:49:13 EDT 2014


Hi

That’s not the way it was presented to me. My understanding is that the case law on proving “individual study” versus “individual use” is a bit murky.  I’m certainly no lawyer (thank goodness ..).

Bob

On Aug 9, 2014, at 6:38 PM, Jim Lux <jimlux at earthlink.net> wrote:

> On 8/9/14, 12:56 PM, Bob Camp wrote:
>> Hi
>> 
>> Keep in mind that the patent(s) do not keep you from building a part for your own use.
> 
> AS I understand it, this is not technically true. You can practice the patent to gain an understanding of it for the purposes of inventing something new that is based on that patent, or to design around it.  But you can't practice it, just because it's useful.
> 
> If I patent, oh, let's say, a swing consisting of a board (of an exotic, but readily available, composite material) hanging from a tree limb with two rods (of another exotic, but readily available material), you cannot go out and build that swing in your backyard for your kids to play on.  You can, however, build that swing and do testing on it, connecting load cells, motion tracking systems using real time kinematic GPS receivers, and carefully measure the variations in the period of the swing as the gravitational pull of the moon shifts, etc. Perhaps you are going to build a better swing, maybe using 3 ropes instead of 2 (since my patent attorney didn't write the claims well).
> 
> 
> Regardless of what they do / do not patent, a TimeNut can still build (and use for themselves) what ever they wish.
>> 
>> ————
>> 
>> Now, if you (after careful examination) believe that the privately held patents keep you from building a receiver for a Federally Funded service - talk to your elected representatives. They are the ones who can / will fire up a committee to look into this sort of stuff.  I think I would want to have some information on license costs before I made that phone call though.
>> 
> 
> precisely so
> 
> Jim
> 
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