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Jeremy G Byrne <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
>A more focused approach could reap similar benefits. Why not promote a site
>(perhaps on www.essential.org) where a think-tank might brainstorm new
>e-commerce business processes, and dedicate them to the public domain, to
>stand as Prior Art against future claims? (And there's no need to incur the
>expense of even a single Patent Application.)
Phil Karn writes:
I have also had the bitter personal experience of publishing an
invention with the express intent of placing it into the public
domain, only to have it appropriated and patented by a company who
filed more than a year after my publication. Who, I have reason to
believe, had full prior knowledge of my work. Yes, I made a prior art
filing. But no, I haven't filed for a reexamination. For some reason,
I'm just not enthusiastic about paying the government $1700 for the
privilege of ransoming back my own idea. And that money doesn't even
give me the opportunity to argue my case.
If this is (still) possible in any case like the one Karn describes,
be sure to take advance legal measures to prevent the same thing
from happening to your think-tank, or you may find yourself in the
non-profit business of giving away effective monopolies to complete
strangers, thus accelerating the nonsense rather than preventing it.
Your approach is a good one, but I'm afraid your environment would
be hostile to it. Maybe it would work in another country?