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    Default How to Be Certain Your Idea Doesn't Infringe a Patent

    I have the idea of creating a some computer system. The principle of its work sounds similar to what two companies had already patented, nonetheless my idea is not completely analogous and some details of their patents are not well understood. I would like to ensure that my idea would not be an infringement of those patents, but without hiring a patent attorney or any lawyer. May I describe my idea for those both companies and ask them to send me some certificate confirms that I would never be sued by any of those companies? (assuming my idea doesn't infringes their patents) Is there a some risk that I would be sued even I describe my idea, but not develop it as program code? Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: Possible Risk of Patent Infringement

    1. They'd never send such a certificate

    2. You run the risk of THEM using your idea instead.

    Put the money together and hire an attorney.
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    Default Re: Possible Risk of Patent Infringement

    Ok, suppose I would hire an attorney and pay him. He analyzes a matter and confirms that my idea is different from those two patented inventions (according to his understanding of technical aspects). But if I would implement my idea and over time one of those companies would know about it she would sue me (suppose). And court without going into all the details would pass a sentence against me (because it's programming, it's difficult). What then? Does attorney can give me such a certificate (don't know how to label it properly) confirms that there will not be a violation from my side and if the court would decide otherwise, the attorney would be responsible for everything, but not me? Is there a some 100% guarantee for me at all?

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    Default Re: Possible Risk of Patent Infringement

    No, there's no 100% guarantee. And I heavily doubt an attorney would gamble in such a manner.
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