Is it Patent Infringement if I use parts from another product?

Posted by Judd Robbins under Patents

Question by Forrest: Is it Patent Infringement if I use parts from another product?
I came up with a great idea, I don’t have the ability to create the components I need. Would it be Patent Infringement if I take bits and pieces from other products to make my product work? The pieces will be doing something else besides what they were patented TO DO.
(Example: I take a RC car motor that spins the wheels, and use to spin something completley different and has nothing to do with a car, or wheels.
Or if I use to spin helicoptor rotors)

Best answer:

Answer by sheldonlinker
(I’m not a lawyer, but here’s what I think) Patents protect you from making a thing that matches the patent’s claims, without first having paid the patent-holder. If you’ve bought a patented item, then you’ve paid for the item, and you’re clear. The only problem you can run into is if you use the parts to make some other patented thing. By “patented”, I mean an item which was patented, and for which the patent has not yet expired.

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