In reference to the patent: US9243796
This appears to be the a very generic patent as it covers any flexible heatsink that may be made of numerous different materials. They are not specifying a design but more less a common everyday products used for a design. This is the same as patenting copper for heat dissipation. That is not patentable as it is an everyday item already used for this application, but copper wire bent in a certain formation with measurements for spacing, design and engineering is patentable. Same with this patent for the flexible heatsink. Utilizing a flexible metal fabric (aka: wire) placed in any formation to dissipate heat from an LED is saying that no wire, flexible metals, or a combination of either may be used. These are common items already in use therefore it should not have been approved. If they are specifying a specific design for the fabric or a configuration of the wires I would understand a patent for that, but to say that they came up with the idea of a flexible heatsink is preposterous. And since when is copper or aluminum being flexible now a patentable item? Are we in the 1800's? When utilized in the automobile industry, as referenced, the heatsinks are not in motion or "flexed" repeatedly, but merely are of a certain thin design than has some sort of maneuverability that may or may not be utilized, depending on the installer and the vehicle make/model. See the below image of my LED headlight. My question is... Should I continue with my production or halt until further review?