Stealing a patent

So, basically, I was researching for ways to improve my design when I came across a patent for a mechanism.
It looked easy enough for me to implement on my design, and I thought that it would massively improve the design.

Am I allowed to take ideas from a patent for VEX?
Should I contact the patent-owners first?
Would I get in trouble for using a patented idea for VEX?

As long as you are not using it for commercial uses such as profiting from the robot, then you don’t have to worry about copyright infringement.

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Simplistic answer: you can’t sell something that has a patent without permission. For competition you can use it. Once you perfect the robot, write to the company and show them. You might find a sponsor!

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