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Old 23rd April 2012, 03:55 PM   #22651
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I also disagree vehemently. I was part of a case where a small inventor shook down a mega-billion dollar company on a pure bs patent suit, using a law firm on contingency. He ended up getting nearly $4MM in go-away money.
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Old 23rd April 2012, 04:04 PM   #22652
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Old 23rd April 2012, 04:25 PM   #22653
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I also disagree vehemently. I was part of a case where a small inventor shook down a mega-billion dollar company on a pure bs patent suit, using a law firm on contingency. He ended up getting nearly $4MM in go-away money.
I wonder how that translates into a case with a legitimate suit? One would hope for better, but these days I'm not so sure.

Oh well, time to call the police about the breaking-and-entering event I deduced occurred last night, while I was out for a while. Unsuccessful, although whoever it was managed to damage the lock almost to the point I couldn't get in.

There goes (or, rather, there went) the neighborhood.
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Old 23rd April 2012, 04:29 PM   #22654
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How old were you kids when you told them there was no Santa Claus?
Mine was always told that Harry Hannukah was a nice story that only the gullible kids believed.
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Old 23rd April 2012, 04:33 PM   #22655
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Spoilsport!

Actually I'm so negative about the likelihood of a patent being of benefit to the "small" inventor these days (meaning not affiliated with a big-a$$ corporation) that I am siding with Don Lancaster: publish the idea and hope that at least no one will patent it and exclude your use of it. And you may get contacted for a few crumbs of consulting money, by someone who may wish to use the idea.

Just sayin'. Although my friend and former associate in a failed amplifier company, Dan D., disagrees vehemently, and knows a lot more about patent law than I do (while still not qualified to practice law, he will be swift pointing out).
When the idea is good enough, it may be worth it. I hold one that is still paying for my private research into whatever interests me. Therefore, also small inventors should not be discouraged to put claims on their work. Getting the money is still the hard part, but it can be done.
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Mine was always told that Harry Hannukah was a nice story that only the gullible kids believed.
I still like Mr Hanky.
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I still like Mr Hanky.
Me too. The OTT musical version of the Dreidl Song is on my top 10 of all time list. That's why I'm lame.
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Oh well
You should get a criminal record and a bat, works wonders (even better when you insult local cops too on a regular basis)
My neighbors just had electric gates installed on both exits of their estate after the Merc SL AMG got stolen (silly git had the thing parked outside 24/7, +€300k new overhere)
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When the idea is good enough, it may be worth it. I hold one that is still paying for my private research into whatever interests me. Therefore, also small inventors should not be discouraged to put claims on their work. Getting the money is still the hard part, but it can be done.
In the "if I knew then what I know now" department, a valuable patent I conceived while a consultant to a large company could have been exploited and I could have worked out a combination of contract compensation along with royalties, as David Griesinger did with Logic Seven. Instead, with no one to push applications, it languishes, the clock ticks away, and it is probably being infringed on at that.
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You should get a criminal record and a bat, works wonders (even better when you insult local cops too on a regular basis)
My neighbors just had electric gates installed on both exits of their estate after the Merc SL AMG got stolen (silly git had the thing parked outside 24/7, +€300k new overhere)
Well it's been a decent place for security going on 23 years now, but "the times they are a-changin' ". The particular apartment will lend itself to more interesting defenses beyond the front door lock, as there is a long hallway. One option is to have a shock opportunity at the second portal at the end of the hallway.

Although it is entirely a hunch, I may have a suspect in the form of a recent tenant, to whom I may have made the mistake of mentioning something of value within, and who, by virtue of his parking adjacent to me can easily determine my comings and goings. And yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look. Such men are dangerous. Maybe.
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