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I was on another car message board where a member received an email from the company STS when they found out that he was trying to build a remote turbo system for his car. As we know remote means for a turbo being located outside the engine bay meaning possible places as the front bumper or the other popular location in the rear of the car by the exhaust. Seems to be like a legit complaint on their behalf but I don't know. I see hundreds of Mustangs running kits in the bumpers, Vettes with the exhaust setup, here is the patent listed on their website:

http://www.ststurbo.com/patent
 

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If he is building it himself for his own vehicle, I don't think there is anything that STS can do. If he were trying to manufacture a kit to sell to the public, that would be a different story.
 

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Sir William has a one off system from them on his car I think. I also dont see the conflict as long as its only for his car, not for resale.
 

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Im going to look up those patents to see what they really say i bet they dont say that they have a patent to mount the turbo outside the engine bay...

1st Number http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=/netahtml/PTO/search-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=6,745,568&OS=6,745,568&RS=6,745,568

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http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=/netahtml/PTO/search-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=7,134,282&OS=7,134,282&RS=7,134,282

I just looked on their website it looks like they have a universal kit... i cant figure it out for a t-bird unless you have a fuel cell in the trunk because of the ground clearance issues on a lowered vehicle
 

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So is it illegal to mount the turbo there, or is it illegal to build and sell remote turbo systems? The way the letter was worded it seemed that making your own turbo kit for your own use was in violation of their patents. The sender of the email said that STS would be more than happy to offer their services in helping him complete his project.
 

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No one can prevent you from building your car the way you want it. They (the U.S. government) can prevent you from driving it on the street if its unsafe or doesn't fit in they're requirements (bumpers, lights, etc.) but thats the only restriction I know of.

Now if they have a patent for a remote mounted kit, and you copied that kit and tried to turn a buck with it, then yea, they can use the patent to stop you from doing that.
 

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Patent - “the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling” the invention in the United States or “importing” the invention into the United States. http://www.uspto.gov

I thought it was only directed to other people trying to sell a new invention but apparently you can’t even make it for personal use.
 

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Well if your "homemade" turbo set up looked exactly like the "kit" that they offered, they'd probably have a right to argue the case. But just because you happened to put your turbo somewhere other than the engine compartment wouldn't give them a case. I wouldn't think so anyway.
 
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