DDeathlonger wrote:I need to know if I can legally patent our machine WITH the Raspberry Pi running that machine. I don't care about the software open-source stuff. I Want to know if I can legally patent our machine with the Raspberry Pi ITSELF in it.
First, I'm not a patent lawyer (though I have heard up a thing or two about that business). You MUST speak to one. I suspect what you're planning will either not be patentable, or will be a waste of time patenting.
Case 1: you've invented an idea, which happens to use the raspberry pi. Very bad idea to patent it "with a raspberry pi", simply because anyone can copy your idea using another controller, and that way they haven't violated your patent. This is why (as Jbeale said) very few patents describe the exact technology in detail.
Case 2: you've got something that's been done before, but nobody's done it with a raspberry pi before, and you want to corner the market and prevent anyone else doing it. This is a bad idea - either the patent won't be granted if it's not really an invention, or several people (such as the raspberry pi foundation themselves) may try to block you.
Of course you might be looking at a different case, in which case you had better talk to someone who knows this stuff. I'm guessing that sort of advice won't be free.