Interlochen, MI asked in Patents (Intellectual Property) for Michigan

Q: Can I create an accessory for a patented product?

I came up with a product idea (accessory) that would allow a patented product to work with other products (competitor products). Can I create and sell this product or will it be infringing on the original products patent.

1 Lawyer Answer

A: You should be able to create and sell an accessory without infringing on the original product. The patent owner only has a right to exclude others from making, using, selling, or importing the product without permission. The patent right does not exclude others from making accessories that can be used with the patent. If you plan on selling your product, you will want to meet with a patent attorney to see if your idea is patentable.

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