Is a boat a vehicle when it comes to patents? 3 Answers as of June 01, 2012

When it comes to patents, is a boat a vehicle? Is a method for measuring a fuel level in a boat fuel tank covered by "A method for measuring a fuel level in a vehicle fuel tank."

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Law Office of Kirk Buhler
Law Office of Kirk Buhler | Kirk A Buhler
A car and a boat are usually in different classes such as a land vehicle or a water vehicle. A fuel tank can be used in either type of vehicle. A patent examiner will generally feel that it is obvious to use fuel technology from a boat in a car or vise versa since they both operate in a generally horizontal manner. If the technology was from a solid fuel tank, such as used in a rocket, it might not be as analogous.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/1/2012
Barton Barton & Plotkin
Barton Barton & Plotkin | Maurice Ross
Probably but patent claim construction is complex and I could not answer this question without reading the patents and file histories.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 6/1/2012
Tran & Associates | Bao Tran
It can be if you define the boat to be a vehicle. Try using PowerPatent software and it will guide you on this issue .
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/31/2012
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