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Sharing DIY Photo Product Designs Could Lead To Patent Infringement

DIY photo product designs could land photographers in hot water, according to reports.

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DIY isn't for everyone but for some photographers, constructing their own accessories is not only a fun past time but it saves them a few quid, too. However, if you build or distribute the plans for a DIY version of a product that shares a design with a patented product it could land you in a lot of trouble.

Recently, the website PetaPixel received a letter from lawyers representing a patent holder. Previously, the site had shared a DIY tutorial for a piece of photography equipment that was an 'exact reverse-engineered clone' of a patented design (now removed). Unknowing to them, this meant they could be potentially sued for patent infringement even though they didn't construct the product themselves.

In an article discussing the scenario writer, Michael Zhang wrote: "According to US law - 35 USC 271(a) - patent infringement occurs when anyone other than the owner of a patent makes, sells, offers for sale, or imports a product that’s covered by the patent...The law goes on to say that 'whoever actively induces infringement of a patent shall be liable as an infringer'." 

So, just be careful with what you share with others as you don't want it landing you in hot water. 

(Via PetaPixel

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