[Discuss] OSHW questions
j. eric townsend
jet at flatline.net
Mon Nov 19 05:00:15 UTC 2012
On 11/18/2012 11:19 PM, Dave Boyhan wrote:
> This is not legal advice. We are not establishing a lawyer client
> relationship. I am not a patent lawyer.
And as I learned to say 11 years ago at TiVo, "I am not a lawyer and
this is not legal advice or legal opinion.:"
> Just publish to nullify possibility of a patent.
This is something I was taught in the late 80s when I first started
working with open source software. In short, "get your idea out there
and public as soon as you can and don't sweat patents".
I didn't really understand this until I got in the business of tinkering
with firearms design and discovered early patents that are hard to
comprehend in today's market. Imagine if Mosaic had a full patent on
the idea of a "web browser" or Liquid Audio had a patent on "buying
music on the Internet". There was an early patent on "the revolver"
that covered, well, the basic idea of a revolver. Now imagine that
Apple won their patent/copyright lawsuits over GUI in the late 80s and
J. Eric Townsend
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