If a patent has been issued for a system of the sort defined in the title of this post (a larger system with one, unproven general device) am I precluded from developing a similar system in which I have created and specified the "miraculous device?"
As a silly, exaggerated example, what if a patent actually issues for a Personal Flying Machine with claims similar to the following: "... comprises a ramp, a cable, and a bicycle (where flying bicycle is comprised of pedals, handlebars, and wheels) ..."
Assume that the Personal Flying Machine just might work but ONLY if the bicycle had a few more (unspecified) pieces. In this case, the modified bicycle is the key technology that makes the whole system work. It has not been built or publicly demonstrated to work.
If I, in fact create this special bicycle subsystem, am I not allowed now to build the Personal Flying Machine system just because someone else dreamed up a crazy idea that he did not know how to implement?
I hope there is hope for me in this situation because I have been working down in the "nuts and bolts" of a subsystem for the purpose of enabling a larger system, only to find a very recent patent of the system without proof that it works (and few details of the key parts).
I appreciate intelligent help/comments. Thank you