In the letters section of the latest issue, FWW add's an apology for
describing a device that Lee Valley retains the patent (a magnetic
dovetail jig), and FWW suggests that you should not make this device
yourself, and instead buy it from Lee Valley.
IANAL, but I have talked to patent experts.
There is nothing illegal about disclosing a patent, as it is public
It has been explained to me that there is nothing illegal about making
a patented device for your own use. In fact, this is encouraged, as it
helps future inventions. Perhaps we can improve on an old invention.
However, selling it is illegal.
There are moral issues - and some may decide to buy the jig from LV
instead of making one themselves. Doing so shows respect, and I do
But I also respect creativity and inventivity.
Sorry Robin, but if I can find a way to make something for myself that
is better than something you sell, I will do so. I hope you
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