There are 4 questions in this post:
I'm a bit confused about the claims related to adhesives in this patent about "non-skid absorbent pad" no: US 7249570 B1 http://www.google.com/patents/US7249570 It appears that the "adhesive members" and disposable covers for these "adhesive members" are protected so long as the "adhesive members" on the corners of a disposable pet pad.
A. Is the above statement correct?
B. Can someone patent the use of adhesives members so long as they are not on the corners?
Additionally, this patent was filed by before this patent application about "Bamboo absorbent pet pad" no: US 20120325160 A1 https://www.google.com/patents/US20120325160, but the latter patent mentions using adhesives with disposable covers in the product use description.
I understand that this is not part of the claims, but it appears that a licensing of the patent mention earlier in order for this person to produce and sell the pet pad that is described in the patent application.
C. Is that correct?
Finally, I have a general question:
D. Can someone patent the functions/ uses of existing patent in another patent so long as the other patent is being used for a different purpose?
Let's take a completely hypothetical scenario: For example, the pat no US 20120325160 A1 (a bamboo pet pad), let's say that it was used for the purpose of absorbing the oil dripping from car in a mechanic's shop. Is that "patent-able" and would it infringe on the original patent?
It would provide the same function as it does for dogs - but for cars.
Claim 1 is:
- An apparatus for a non-skid absorbent pad for use by animals, comprising:
a) an upper absorbent layer for receiving animal wastes, said absorbent layer having a peripheral edge and a top and bottom surface;
b) a bottom layer having a top and bottom surface, wherein said bottom layer is impermeable to fluids, wherein said top surface of said bottom layer is contiguous to said bottom surface of said absorbent layer, wherein said bottom layer has a peripheral edge extending beyond said peripheral edge of said absorbent layer, wherein said peripheral edge of said bottom layer extends around and over the whole peripheral edge of said absorbent layer so that a hem is formed contiguous to said top surface of said peripheral edge of said absorbent layer;
c) a plurality of adhesive members being disposed on said bottom surface of said bottom layer so as to adhere the pad to an underlying supporting surface; and
d) a fragrance layer being disposed between said absorbent layer and said bottom layer for attracting animals, said fragrance layer not extending to an edge of said bottom layer, said hem being colored green simulating grass.