Can manufacturers make it an IP tort to connect to their machines? | LegaMart

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QuestionMar 31, 2021 - 20:56

Can manufacturers make it an IP tort to connect to their machines?

Are manufacturers permitted to block other manufacturers from making parts that connect to their machines? For instance, ultrasound machines have two parts, a console, and a transducer. The transducers usually connect to the console via a proprietary connector interface. Can a third-party manufacturer sell a competing transducer that connects to the interface? Or, to take a more familiar example. Would that have prevented anyone else from making a peripheral that connects to a PS2 port on an IBM PC?"

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