[Discuss] FAQ on preventing others from claiming ownership of open-source hardware?

Jeffrey Warren jeff at publiclab.org
Wed Sep 10 18:44:45 UTC 2014

some folks file for a provisional patent and never follow through, but at
least get it on the USPTO's radar. Isn't it less than $100 do so so, and
doesn't have very strict formatting requirements?

On Wed, Sep 10, 2014 at 2:40 PM, David A. Mellis <dmellis at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> One concern that seems to come up (e.g. in Pablo’s recent email) is that
> someone will try to patent, or otherwise claim ownership of someone else’s
> open-source hardware design. Potentially, this could include trying to
> prevent the original developer of the hardware from continuing their work.
> It seems like it would be good to address this issue in our FAQ (
> http://www.oshwa.org/faq/) — but I’m not quite sure what to say about it.
> So, what suggestions do you all have for people that are worried about
> their open-source hardware project getting patented or otherwise claimed by
> a third-party?
> I’ll try to synthesize people’s suggestions into a new FAQ.
> David
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