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Week 2 - Assignment 2: Learn from a Patent Search

Look up the Segway patent US6302230 B1 from above. This patent can be used to prevent other people and companies from manufacturing devices protected under the patent claims. This patent outlines a motor control strategy for the Segway and claims IP surrounding this technology. Say, for instance, a three-wheeled personal mobility device has come on the market with wheels in a triangle formation. This device is different in that it detects open motor winding in the one front wheel and uses that feedback in its motor control algorithm. Do you think this could be in violation of the Segway patent? Prepare an analysis in which you argue if you think this device could be in violation of the Segway patent and why (or why not). Think about what specific claims this new device could potentially violate. Could Segway sue the manufacturer of the other device for violating their patent?

Research and briefly summarize a case where a company or individual successfully sued for patent infringement. Your report should cover what claims were infringed, if the infringement was intentional or not, and what the company could have done to prevent being sued.

Length: 3-5 pages not including title and reference pages

References: At least 2

Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect scholarly writing and current APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University's Academic Integrity Policy.

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