[Noisebridge-discuss] advice on PCB patents?

Marc Juul juul at labitat.dk
Thu Apr 27 10:34:00 UTC 2017

On Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 3:21 AM, Mitch Altman <maltman23 at hotmail.com> wrote:

> Make it public and open source (on Github, or wherever you like).  Then no
> one can patent it because you can prove "prior art".  (Well, with our
> inanely broken IP system, anything can be patented now-a-days, but, it
> wouldn't be upheld if you chose to fight it in court.)

The other solution right now is to patent and then immediately abandon the
patent. That's currently the only way to ensure that patent examiners will
see it when doing a prior art search.

There is a third solution which is rather recent. Patents now have a period
of time where they are publicly viewable but not yet granted and there is a
free online form where anyone can submit a prior art claim on those
patents. Unfortunately it was poorly implemented so you can currently pay
more to rush the patent application which bypasses this comment period :/

I'm scheming with a patent lawyer on a possible upgrade to this that would
allow prior art claims to be submitted online for free but I wouldn't get
my hopes up.

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