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Old 20th June 2011, 07:54 PM   #71
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I guess a patent is only worth something if someone else really want to buy it from you, at your price

if you want to use it yourself, maybe best to just keep shut about it, and not tell anyone

product ought to sell well because of superior quality, due to your invention
and not because you tell your customers about your patent
but sure, we know how it works
we buy dreams, promisses, and patents
And if it's worth enough for them to buy/license a patent, they may run a credit check on you to see if you've got a few extra millions to spend in defending an infringement, and if not they'll go ahead and use your patent and not worry about being sued, or know they'll end up paying less in attorney fees than they would for a license.

But then getting a patent on something brings attention to it as something you think is valuable, and that you want to protect. Perhaps you should then NOT patent THAT thing, but rather something ELSE in your device that you don't really care of others infringe on, sort of as a red herring.* Let OTHERS figure out what is the actual unique and valuable part of your device...

"Claim 1: An amplifier consisting of an Operational Amplifier and two resistors, featuring a non-inverting characteristic, fixed gain and a high input impedance ..."

* This is my second DIYaudio post today mentioning red herring. I must like the phrase.
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Old 20th September 2012, 10:15 PM   #72
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Bumping this thread - here's an interesting new StackExchange site for discussing new patent applications. Maybe it will cut down on frivolous and useless (except to the patentee) patents granted:
Open Season on Patents Starts Thursday, Thanks to Crowdsourced Platform | Threat Level | Wired.com

http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2012/0...t-bad-patents/
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Old 21st September 2012, 03:30 PM   #73
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Usual IANAL disclaimer.
But you do play one on TV don't you?
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Old 20th January 2014, 02:54 PM   #75
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Must be because they party all day rather than actually READ the submissions. I am amazed bu the number of patents issued that cover prior art or how they award a patent on a vague twist of application, not really unique.

The iPhone had a patent on "sleek design"

A consumer product with sleek design! I think Raymond Loewy would be spinning in his grave.
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Old 20th January 2014, 11:21 PM   #76
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Must be because they party all day rather than actually READ the submissions. I am amazed bu the number of patents issued that cover prior art or how they award a patent on a vague twist of application, not really unique.

The iPhone had a patent on "sleek design"

A consumer product with sleek design! I think Raymond Loewy would be spinning in his grave.
But that one is (cough) enforceable, mostly because it's a Big Company, and the Big Company is willing to spend Big Bucks to defend it.
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Old 26th January 2014, 09:14 PM   #77
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Must be because they party all day rather than actually READ the submissions. I am amazed bu the number of patents issued that cover prior art or how they award a patent on a vague twist of application, not really unique.

The iPhone had a patent on "sleek design"

A consumer product with sleek design! I think Raymond Loewy would be spinning in his grave.
You have to understand how the law works. "Right and wrong" and the law are two different things. This also applies to other areas of law.
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Must be because they party all day rather than actually READ the submissions. I am amazed bu the number of patents issued that cover prior art or how they award a patent on a vague twist of application, not really unique.

The iPhone had a patent on "sleek design"

A consumer product with sleek design! I think Raymond Loewy would be spinning in his grave.
What's the patent number?
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Old 26th January 2014, 09:19 PM   #79
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Well, they shouldn't be complete strangers.
Otherwise, what's the point?

Perhaps better to say, "You have to understand that the law and how the law(yers) work(s) are two different things."
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That makes THREE different things: Right and wrong, the law, and how lawyers work.
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