Unless there is some agreement with the supplier to the contrary (say a shrink-wrap license), you bought the device it and can whatever you like with it and not worry about patents the supplier has on the device itself. It is called "patent exhaustion".
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The exhaustion doctrine, also referred to as the first sale doctrine, is a U.S. ...
This answer relates to two issues. First, "is an idea patentable" and second, "what is an idea". Let's start with unpacking the first issue.
Can you get a patent on an idea?
On a most basic level, you cannot get a patent on an idea. You get a patent which covers certain implementations of the idea. This sounds like a quibble, but in the US, for example, if ...
There are several characteristics that a patent office will look at to determine whether the invention is patentable. These are:
It should also have a patentable subject matter.
You can search your innovation in the existing patent (Google Patent Search or http://patft.uspto.gov/...
You can make any change you like between a provisional application and a non-provisional application. It is just that claims in the non-provisional that are not sufficiently supported in the provisional will not get the benefit of the earlier filing date. This is a claim-by-claims issue. Some may end up with the earlier date and others with the later date.
There are certainly many patents that cover educational systems. A few that came up in a quick search:
Online educational system with multiple navigational modes
Vertically integrated mobile educational system US9324240B2
Real time learning and self improvement educational system and method
On-line educational system having an ...
I think this is mainly up to the terms of sale for the device that is patented. It is reasonable for a company to restrict their product from being used in an unintended way because they may face an increased liability. Your best bet is to simply contact the company and see if they will allow you to use their product as you desire.
The assignee for the patent you cited is EMC. While it is possible USI-Tech took a license or purchased that patent outright, I think it is more likely they are pursuing a different approach to a similar problem. Although the title of a patent may seem general in scope, the actual protected technology is described in the claims and should be quite specific. ...