|Authored by: AntiFUD on Saturday, July 14 2012 @ 06:12 AM EDT|
|Are we at sixes and nines between me as a user of said alarm clock and you|
presuming that I might have built an alarm clock for commercial purposes (sale
to others) that could infringe?
Perhaps you wouldn't agree that I am free to build any device, such as a hammer,
spade, shovel, plow or mousetrap for my own personal use in the privacy of my
own home (and possibly elsewhere) without any fear of any patent in any
jurisdiction. Or do you think that only the original inventor can build said
devices, notwithstanding that you purported patent becomes public domain after
the expiry of say 20 years?
The reason that I mentioned the electronic alarm clock is that it is ubiquitous
and it is somewhat analogous to the PC in that it is a consumer device that
gives one access to information (in this case - the time) but to my mind has no,
that is zero, ability for the user to infringe on any patent anywhere at any
time. Note that the manufacturer of said devices may be capable of infringing
valid patents if not licensed, expired or blindingly obvious.
IANAL - Free to Fight FUD - "to this very day"
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