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Asked on: 6/13/07, 1:07 am

Patenting an idea

Let's say that I thought of a new way to apply the use of a newly designed bicycle. The bike is a new invention that has a patent pending itself. However, it is still a bike. Let's say, for argument sake, the gear mechanism on the bike is new, unique and different, allowing the rider to peddle less but travel farther. Now let's say that I thought of a cool way to use this type of bike for entertainment and recreation that the manufacturer may have never thought of. Can I patent the idea that I have for the use of said bike? Not the bike itself but the idea on how it could be used.

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