Commercially selling a Multi Touch Table w or w/o software. 
Posted: 13 January 2010 02:40 AM   [ Ignore ]
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I want to thank everyone in advance for answering my questions.

For the longest time, I have been wanting to build a table with multi touch capabilities to sell to commercial business’s. Before 2 weeks ago I never knew multi touch tables even existed. And for the last year I have dreamed of making a table of my own design. I would like to use information found on this very web site and other information found on the web along with my own to make my table. I have the resources and money to build one table.

I have read everything and understand how to make the table and have it finished by the end of next month and would like to do so without issues.

My questions are as follows.

1. I never made any of the software found on the internet and would like to know who will I have to pay, royalties, etc, if I sell my Multi touch table if this is even possible?

If I cant sell my table with software because of legalities, Ill sell it without and let the new owner get or make their own software.

2. I want to make a spacial DSI setup with my own unique custom table like I have never seen before and ask if it is against the law as far as patents go to make my table in my own way?

3. I would like to use a computer built into the table with a computer I buy at best buy or one someone custom built, would that be legal?

4. The computer would have windows 7 on it already from the store or custom builder, is that legal to have in the table?

5. Is there anything I am missing?

In conclusion, I dont want to piss anyone off for their hard work. I see alot of people on here that have put alot of time and effort into all of this. I dont want to build and sell a table without knowing the people that helped make all this happen are satisfied.

Like many of the people here, I dont like how patents are on on every little thing as to where you cant help improve on something to make it better. This slows down all of our advancement in technology. But I dont want to make something and sell it because its patented.

On another note, I will not be applying a patent to any of my designs to the structure of my table. I would like to post my designs here at NUI group and see what others think along the way.

Thank You for reading

Daniel

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Posted: 13 January 2010 04:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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5. you’ve missed the whole forum : there are plenty of article about that, and there are plenty of website explaining the licence issues on softwares…

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Posted: 13 January 2010 05:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Hi Daniel, welcome to the community!
I dont know much about patents etc. but i am sure alot of the information your looking for can be found in the wiki: http://wiki.nuigroup.com/Special:Allpages
or in this section of the forum: http://nuigroup.com/forums/viewforum/90/

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Posted: 13 January 2010 07:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Thanks for the reply’s.

Ill do some more research and see what I come up with.

Thanks again,

Daniel

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Posted: 13 January 2010 08:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Hey Daniel,

welcome on the forum! Many of us are trying (and doing) their business with the stuff you have envisioned. A lot of your questions are highly lawsuit related - i don’t think that you will get an answer here on the forums (as the answer belongs to a lawyer & is specific to the market you would sell your product/service). Neverthless: go ahead, make your project and: Make it real. As long as you are not a global competitor to one of the Majors, you should have enaogh room for living grin

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Posted: 23 January 2010 01:06 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Well as long as its all legit regarding the major software then sure why not.
Come on fellas lets get this thread up and moving, any lawyers here?
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Posted: 05 February 2010 12:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I’m in a good mood today and willing to help so here I am :

1. I never made any of the software found on the internet and would like to know who will I have to pay, royalties, etc, if I sell my Multi touch table if this is even possible?
It depends if you use open source programs or not, and even if they are open source, if they are under a licence that allow you to distribute/sell them.

2. I want to make a spacial DSI setup with my own unique custom table like I have never seen before and ask if it is against the law as far as patents go to make my table in my own way?
Patents regarding this technology are a very messy thing, as said before, as long as you are not a threat to any major compagny it should be ok, if you want to be sure, try contacting a patent organism (they are a few NGOs for that I think) with your products specifications and they’ll tell you mode about existing patents.

3. I would like to use a computer built into the table with a computer I buy at best buy or one someone custom built, would that be legal?
As long as you pay it, sure

4. The computer would have windows 7 on it already from the store or custom builder, is that legal to have in the table?
Win7 is often preinstall : the licence allows only a use on this particular machine, so there is no problem as long as you don’t swith licence from one computer to an other.

5. Is there anything I am missing?
Be aware that it is often easy to contact a big or small corp or a person to know if you’re allowed to distribute a software. I’m currently in contact with microsoft to know more about their distribution and reselling policies… Also, if you’re planning to distribute open source program under a GPL licence, it is always good to know that the more credit you give to the creators of such software, the fewer problems you can have…

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Posted: 14 April 2010 11:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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MashineGun - 05 February 2010 12:12 PM

Patents regarding this technology are a very messy thing, as said before, as long as you are not a threat to any major compagny it should be ok, if you want to be sure, try contacting a patent organism (they are a few NGOs for that I think) with your products specifications and they’ll tell you mode about existing patents.

I LOL’d when I read that.

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Posted: 14 April 2010 11:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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what’s so funny ?

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Posted: 18 April 2010 10:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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MashineGun - 14 April 2010 11:14 AM

what’s so funny ?

I assumed that you meant to say patent organization instead of patent organism.

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Posted: 19 April 2010 02:52 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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lol indeed, sorry about that, my english is not always as good as I want it to be…

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