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Discussion in 'Boat Molds' started by Boo, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. Boo
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    Boo New Member

    What's the best way to find out if a mold has a patent ?

    I think that you can make a 10% change and be ok.

    I'm pretty sure that the design has already been changed by another company that is using the mold for another type of boat .

    Surely don't want to infringe on anything . Just looking for the proper way to find out if it can be done .
  2. Fanie
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    Fanie Fanie

    Patent or copyright ?

    If you make it for yourself nobody can stop you even if it is a precise replica.

    If it is for production then it is a different story. Technically I'm sure one could get around it with a couple of subtle changes... in my opinion it still is copying it. Design and make your own - if you go to a bit of trouble you could enhance some features, then look out for the competition to copy your ideas ;)
  3. TeddyDiver
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    TeddyDiver Gollywobbler

    If the mold is made (a copy) on a specific boat with it's faults (and making some more) it's not ok wheather futher modifications are made to it or not.
    Taking measurements from one and replanning a boat is ok (kind of reverse engineering). There comes diff due fairing etc..

  4. Fanie
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    Fanie Fanie

    I will go with Teddy on that one
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