you can lose the patent if you refuse to license or use it (?)
Posted Sep 5, 2002 16:44 UTC (Thu) by ZogKarndon
In reply to: you can lose the patent if you refuse to license or use it (?)
Parent article: A different use of software patents
Uh - all those things are urban legends. Patents expire. The whole point of the patent system is to publicize inventions; in order to get a patent, you have to describe exactly how to create your object. If you had a million-mile tire (if I had a tire that only lasted 1000 miles, I'd be pissed as hell - any decent tire lasts at least 25,000 miles, and should last 50,000), if you were to patent it, you would have to describe how to make one. Then, in 17 years, anyone could make it.
If those devices existed, they would be on the market, since these things have been rumored to exist for well over 50 years.
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