[Discuss] FAQ on preventing others from claiming ownership of open-source hardware?
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Wed Sep 10 19:41:59 UTC 2014
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On 10.09.2014 20:44, Jeffrey Warren wrote:
> 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?
A defensive publication seems the way to go here.
Depending on your hardware project, it may make more sense to
get a paper published in a scientific journal and/or conference
proceedings that match your topic instead of an IP database. Those are
much more likely to show up in searches than Github et al. ;-) and
potentially a lot more people that may actually be interested in your
work may get to know about it, too.
e.g. I've been to the one international conference my project fits in,
got the condensed (4pp) project description published in the
conference proceedings and this shows up in all scientific search
engines ever since. Such a defensive publication is timestamped
(ISBN/ISSN number), so one could actually even prove prior-art...
> 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.
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