Binghamton, NY asked in Intellectual Property and Patents (Intellectual Property) for New York

Q: Does the Harlan kardon onxy studio 1 have any patents that is currently enforced or expired? If so what one are they?

I want to find out if I could use the device to expand on the design and technology in it more so to future proof it and lessen environmental effects on the planet from landfill pollution of electronics.

2 Lawyer Answers
David Aldrich
David Aldrich

A: Harman owns many patents. Typically, if someone has one or more patent(s) on a particular product, that product (or its packaging or labeling) will list the patent number somewhere (or else will identify a website that does), because the owner of the patent(s) cannot collect damages for infringement unless the infringer has notice of the patents. However, companies do not always engage in proper patent marking.

However, the important question to ask is whether there are any patents that your design would infringe. There may be patents that "cover" a commercial product, but your modified version of that product may not infringe those patents. You need to compare your design with any pertinent patent(s). You should consult a qualified patent attorney with the details of your design, and they will be able to conduct this analysis.

James L. Arrasmith
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A: To determine whether there are any current or expired patents related to this device, you should conduct a patent search using the relevant patent databases or consult with a patent attorney who can assist you in obtaining the necessary patent information for your specific purposes.

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