My company is in the manufacturing design phase of our first patent-pending product. One of my engineers wants to use a patented aspect for our design and says it's just like sourcing springs, or triggers. I don't feel this is true, that it may lead down a very expensive path in litigation. I'm looking for advice.
1 Answer from Attorneys
If you are buying the product to be used and not making it then that purchase exhausts their patent rights. This is no different from anything else that might go into the product like a spring or trigger. For example, there might be a patent on the screws you are using to keep your product together. This is not an issue and you are not violating anything by using them.
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