I know there are other products out there similar to the one my partner and I are working on. We are a new start up and want to be sure that we don't get into any trouble in the future by stepping on a patent. What I would like to know is if my product is similar to someone elses, would it infringe on their patent?
I will use this as an example. Say we are inventing a radio. The other companies radio patent says it does so many different things. Our radio will use different electronics internally, operate slightly differently with mostly the same results. Let me try to clarify....
Competitors Radio - Works off 4 AA batteries, uses a push button to turn it on and off, uses a knob to change the channels and has 1 speaker to put out the sound.
Our Radio - Works off 4 AA batteries, uses a push button to turn it on and off, uses a knob to change the channels and has 1 speaker to put out the sound and beeps when the batteries gets low.
While they do the same things and get the results, the internal electronics are different and ours does one extra thing. Are we infringing on our competitors patent? I know it sounds confusing and I apologize.