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comment How to protect yourself from being sued by patents?
@Earlz, I am not sure how useful making information public will help. Not to repeat too much, but all your ideas can be used to help someone else compose a patent that is different enough yet will bite you at some point in time. The patent examiner won't even know of your work chances are. What I know is that existing hesitation about making things public is one way in which the patent system stifles progress and collaboration. Your loss in court (perhaps quickly) will at least entitle you to appeal on Constitutional grounds. Will you have the high ground and the support and attention of many?
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comment How to protect yourself from being sued by patents?
@Earlz, keep in mind how low is the bar to inventing and getting a patent (even if getting a patent is made difficult by the fact someone likely beat you to the punch if you are patenting). It's very possible that your ideas can be respun just a little differently and the attacker refile.. or that someone else will come knocking again. In these cases, your best defense has little to do with the prior art as you see it. Stronger defense might be what the community/society as a whole can exert (including pressure on gov reps). [IANAL. Talk to one and you will surely get different advice.]
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comment How to protect yourself from being sued by patents?
I think associating yourself with open source and being willing to make a lot of noise should you receive a C&D letter will help if your goal is to protect yourself and you are small. However, going to court can be very costly and is a growing risk the more money you make. The person attacking may not flinch if you show them your wonderful addition to the prior art. In any case, complaining to government representatives cannot hurt. If people don't make a lot of noise and get popular sentiment on their side, you will find yourself picking between bad and worse down the line.
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