Patents on patent leather bags may not be safe: report
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By John G. Geddes and Kevin D. MertonPublished August 06, 2018 04:23:50A new report from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office may provide some insight into the safety of patent leatherbags, but it’s not the end of the world for them.
The report, released Wednesday by the Office of Technology Assessment, says leather bag patents may not actually protect leathers from wear and tear.
“Patents should not be considered ‘breathable’ unless they are intended for use as an outer layer or material covering an outer surface of an outer container,” the report states.
“The absence of such a protective covering is not a defect in the patented invention, but merely the result of a failure to provide adequate protection for the outer container.”
The report notes that the Office also found a “low probability” that leather bags could be used for medical purposes.
For now, leather bags are considered a form of medical grade packaging, but the Office noted that they are not yet a form that the U:S.
Department of Defense or other military agencies would use for medical testing.
The OTA also warned that patent leather bag safety is a “complex and evolving issue.”
“As the leather bags evolve, so will the requirements for manufacturing and safety testing,” it states.
“There are currently no regulations governing the safety testing and manufacturing of leather bags.”
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By John G. Geddes and Kevin D. MertonPublished August 06, 2018 04:23:50A new report from the U.S. Patent and Trademark…