Posted Nov 4, 2003 7:15 UTC (Tue) by stevenj
Parent article: IP lawyer turns patent foe, gets grant funding
establish a patent commons through which patents are made available to the
public on favorable terms.
Sigh... Why do we keep hearing this idea? If you want to make an idea available to the public, just publish it; then it can't be patented (in theory). There are even ways to submit ideas to the patent office directly to make sure they will be included in the prior-art database, but it costs $100-$200, I believe. Compare that to the cost of getting a patent, which typically runs into thousands of dollars, at least.
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