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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