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To infringe on a patent you must implement each and every step in at least one claim. So, in the scenario provided, if a claim includes a specific material and you don't use that material, you don't infringe that claim. However, this doesn't necessarily mean you have freedom to operate. There may be other broader patents. For example, let's say you see a ...


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As we used to say "Do you walk to school or do you carry your lunch?" The question is a non-sequitur. Being granted a patent has absolutely nothing to do with your freedom to operate. Your patent affects others' freedom to operate. Your patent confers no positive rights for you to do anything. The only way your patent application process impacts ...


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