[Cyborg] tongue zapping retainer - not so original after all
maltman23 at hotmail.com
Tue Apr 7 21:51:19 UTC 2009
It is totally fine to use info on active patents for your projects. In general: as long as you don't do anything that hurts the patent-holders ability to make money from their patent, then you can do pretty much what you like with the patent info (which is publicly published, afterall).
So, you can copy the project from the patent for your own use at home (or at Nosiebridge). You can also take the ideas you like from the patent, add it to your project, and publish the results on your web-page (crediting the patent-holder would be nice). What you can't do is sell anything that uses the patented material. You also can't publish your project as totally open-source if it has patented content. And you can't put out a free product that would interfere or compete with sales of a product with the same patented content.
> From: dichro at rcpt.to
> Date: Tue, 7 Apr 2009 11:36:13 -0700
> Subject: Re: [Cyborg] tongue zapping retainer - not so original after all
> To: askory at gmail.com
> CC: hundredsofthousands at gmail.com; cyborg at lists.noisebridge.net
> On Tue, Apr 7, 2009 at 12:20 AM, Adam Skory <askory at gmail.com> wrote:
> > So, turns out Paul Bach-y-Rita et al's original patent involved just
> > that. Some interesting reading, only if you are interested, that is:
> > http://kaz.med.wisc.edu/patent_US6430450.pdf
> And patent still active, too :(
> > Makes me wonder why Wicab, the Wisconsin researcher's off-shoot FDA
> > approval-seeking start up appears to have gone with the tongue insert
> > on ribbon cable design instead?
> > http://wicab.us/technology/
> > Hm...
> > Anyone have ideas where to find really little electrodes?
> We can just knock up some boards with electrode arrays via
> batchpcb.com. Should be $2.50 a throw, assuming a square inch is
> adequately large (which it should be), and that we can have them done
> with non-toxic solder mask ;)
> > -Skory
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