Does anyone remember the Incredible Machine game for DOS, where the player had to build a contraption to solve a physics puzzle?

I thought that it would be great to have an open source clone of this game, but I don't have the necessary coding skills to implement it.

Has anyone else started a project similar to this?

The Wikipedia article on the game is

There does seem to be one problem if a clone was to be started. It appears that a patent has been secured on the game concept.