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#151 id:49903 Posted Aug 23, 2010, 11:09 am

Attention everyone: you are not a lawyer. I'm not either.

That said, I'm fairly confident that you cannot patent something like the light bulb. Sure, if you invent the compact fluorescent light bulb, you can get the sole right to produce it, but that doesn't stop anyone else from making a device that generates light (i.e. the fancy red laser pointer or the ubiquitous incandescent bulb). If someone else comes up with a better way to do something without using your methods, you're pretty much just ####ed.

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#152 id:49904 Posted Aug 23, 2010, 11:11 am

Koron said:
That said, I'm fairly confident that you cannot patent something like the light bulb. Sure, if you invent the compact fluorescent light bulb, you can get the sole right to produce it, but that doesn't stop anyone else from making a device that generates light (i.e. the fancy red laser pointer or the ubiquitous incandescent bulb). If someone else comes up with a better way to do something without using your methods, you're pretty much just ####ed.

I don't think that was ever under dispute here...?  :thinking:
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#153 id:49905 Posted Aug 23, 2010, 11:34 am

Koron said:
That said, I'm fairly confident that you cannot patent something like the light bulb.

Thomas Edison's Patent Application for the Light Bulb
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#154 id:49906 Posted Aug 23, 2010, 11:58 am

@David: It sort of was in the context of the idea of creating something along the lines of the FF-style battle system.

@KaVir: Back then he was coining the phrase. Someone else could still have created and patented the LED bulb if they had been innovative enough for it because it is an entirely different can of worms.

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#155 id:49907 Posted Aug 23, 2010, 12:03 pm


Koron said:
@David: It sort of was in the context of the idea of creating something along the lines of the FF-style battle system.

@KaVir: Back then he was coining the phrase. Someone else could still have created and patented the LED bulb if they had been innovative enough for it because it is an entirely different can of worms.


You should check out google's patent search. There really are some oddly simple things what have patents.
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#156 id:49908 Posted Aug 23, 2010, 12:09 pm

Yet another moth to the flame.

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#157 id:49909 Posted Aug 23, 2010, 12:25 pm

Koron phrased his sentence somewhat sloppily, but if you read the very next one, you will note that he draws the distinction between the concept of a light-generating device on the one hand (which he says you cannot patent) and the implementations of a CFL or incandescent bulb (which he says you can patent). When Koron said "<you cannot patent a> light bulb", he means light-generating device, not incandescent; Edison's patent was for the latter even though he termed it "light bulb" (and indeed in common vernacular most people think of "light bulb" as the same thing as "incandescent").
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