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In a search for a specific tool, I found a patent describing exactly what I need. However, I couldn't find any tool on the market using the technology it describes. What can I do?

  1. Is there a way to contact the patent holder and ask him if he used it for commercial purposes, and if so, where/how?
  2. I though if the product doesn't exist on the market, I could produce it on my own, giving royalites to the beneficial owner. But does a patent holder have the right to not use it at all and forbid anyone else to do so?
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Is there a way to contact the patent holder and ask him if he used it for commercial purposes, and if so, where/how?

Search through the file history using USPTO PAIR to find out inventor information. Search patent assignments using USPTO assignment search to find out owner information.

But does a patent holder have the right to not use it at all and forbid anyone else to do so?

Yes, of course. Many patents describe technology that is never used. A patent owner does not "forbid" others from using patented technology. The patent owner may sue others for alleged infringement.

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