Crestline, CA asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for California

Q: Hello! I have a question regarding manufacture of specific skateboard parts.

I recently manufactured on a CNC machine 5 sets of high performance skateboard trucks. The design copies very closely a design of a company that is no longer in business. I believe they never had a patent on their skateboard parts. Is it legal for me to sell my product? They are not exact replicas, but very similar. Thank you very much.

1 Lawyer Answer
Marcos Garciaacosta
Marcos Garciaacosta
  • Patents Lawyer
  • Mesa, AZ

A: that definitely requires an in depth analysis and consultation with an attorney

in any case you always run the risk of somebody claiming you are copying something

you need to understand how many basic designs of trucks exists, how long they have been around, etc. in order to assess your risk

Just because the owner of IP is not active, it does not mean they did not retain some rights over their creations.

best luck!

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