if in my patent application machine includes a signal transfer through data cable can someone other can patent same machine that transfer signal through wifi or Bluetooth.
Can I patent a machine incorporating a means of signal transfer?
In order to be eligible for a patent grant, an invention must meet the requirement of 1) novelty, 2) non-obviousness, and 3) utility.
A machine having a sensor, a means of signal transfer, an actuation arm, a motor, and a motor control is not patent-able because:
- such combination is well-known
- such combination doesn't yield any new or surprising result
Even if the machine incorporate a new type of signal transfer means, such use would likely be deemed "obvious-to-try" and therefore not a patent-able improvement.
In order for the machine to be patent-able, it must have an innovative improvement, e.g.
- a special user interface that reduces risk of human error
- means of continual operation when the communication with a central control unit is dropped
- means of suspending all wireless communication from other devices in the event of emergency using a line communication
- injury prevention (e.g. slow down operation) incorporating a "soft" alarm (e.g. motion sensor) and a "hard" alarm (e.g. laser screen)
If I claim a line signal transfer means, can someone else use WiFi?
A competent lawyer would normally not specify the type of signal transfer unless
- the client insists
- elements specified in other parts of the claim preclude the use of certain signal transfer means
So your question shouldn't exist in the first place.