Can I patent somebody elses idea? 3 Answers as of October 26, 2010

I think this has a European patent. Do I need to be the inventor to patent it in the US?

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Devon & Associates
Devon & Associates | Marcia A. Devon
No, you cannot patent something you did not invent. If you make non obvious improvements to the design, you may be able to obtain a patent.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 10/26/2010
Mark S. Hubert PC
Mark S. Hubert PC | Mark Hubert
No - only the actual inventor can patent his idea - but you can patent an improvement thereon.
Answer Applies to: Oregon
Replied: 10/26/2010
Kafantaris Law Group
Kafantaris Law Group | Theo Kafantaris
You must be the original inventor, otherwise their patent can be used against you as prior art. You can make an improvement on their patent and receive protection in the US without worrying about them enforcing their patent against you here.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 10/26/2010
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