Can my software show patented inventions?

18 12 2008

Dear Rich: I have a question. Is it possible to write a piece of software that shows a patented device? For example, let’s say I want to write a software application that shows a match on the screen, and when I click on the match, it lights the match and burns out. Would this infringe on the patent?
I’m so glad you asked. The short answer is no.¬†You can only infringe a patent if you make, use, sell, offer to sell, or import the patented device without¬† authorization.


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