Existing patents

ryanbarrryanbarr subscriber Posts: 1
edited January 2007 in Protecting Your Ideas
I am hoping someone can provide me with some quick rule of thumb or any thoughts.   I have an idea for a product that is currently not out on the market place.  When I performed a patent search I found the same idea, but it was designed differently from my design.  How similar do the designs have to be for it to be patent infringement, or for me to even create another patent?  I appreciate the help!

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