[Discuss] OSHW and patent trolls

Marketply contact at marketply.org
Mon Aug 19 21:09:33 UTC 2013

Patents will get ever more competition from openly published, freed inventions,
especially the day when there will be a reliable, open technology database
available the patent system can easily access to review for prior art.

I've been in discussion with a patent lawyer about this for two years, and I'm
getting ready to submit a few guidelines for patent reform, with actual
examples. Now the time is perfect.

There's already hints of this entering public discussion
<http://blog.makezine.com/2013/05/02/first-to-file-nah-first-to-blog> .

It would seem that the change to 'first to file' gives extraordinary advantages
to open technology that hasn't yet been fully realized. I've been asking lawyers
long before the change what this means for publishing (before anyone files a
patent), and all replies look good for publishing 'open patents' before anyone
can file the patent.

Speed is of the essence. And crowd-powered efforts on open projects have that as
a natural advantage.

We only need a Quirky type of organization for publishing high quality open
technology schematics at lightning speed, and a revolution in open technology is
upon us.

If anyone wants more info on the patent reform guidelines or even to collaborate
we can open a new discussion.

Marino Hernandez
(just a founder of Marketply <http://www.marketply.org> )

> On August 19, 2013 at 1:59 PM Doug Leppard <doug.leppard at gmail.com> wrote:
>  What are some experiences with OSHW and patent issues especially patent
> trolls.  A friend of mine who is a patent attorney said that almost anything
> you do could be covered by a patent already.  Recent articles shows of trolls
> going after Kickstarter projects.
>  Any experiences here?  Anything to learn from?
>  Doug Leppard

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