Can manufacturers make it an IP tort to connect to their machines?
posted 3 years ago
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?"
- Intellectual Property