[Discuss] your key message about patent and innovation to deliver to a public session at mozfest london

Emilio Velis contacto at emiliovelis.com
Thu Oct 13 17:29:07 UTC 2016

There is another issue with patents, which is that they're usually seen
from the side of inventors in developed countries. For projects like ours
at Reacción (reaccion.net) the big issue was to generate international buzz
in order to prevent the idea from being patentable in another country.
Having our invention published in a newspaper in El Salvador might not turn
up during a prior art search, for example, and I can see that as a big
issue for small inventions in other developing countries, as to how they
might defend themselves against patent trolls in countries like the United

On 13 October 2016 at 10:58, Cláudio Sampaio <patola at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Oct 13, 2016 at 12:13 PM, Matt Maier <blueback09 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Additionally, in theory the OSHW inventions should be unpatentable after
>> they're publicized.
>> If I could change one thing about patents it would be that they are only
>> enforceable if the patent holder is actively using the patent (like
>> trademarks). It sickens me to see inventions put on a dark shelf just so
>> they don't interfere with existing products. That's just me though.
> ​I do not know if I am adding noise to the OP's original question, but
> regarding the matter of protecting *from patents*, that is, you have an
> invention and you do not want someone patenting it, you have some kind of a
> safe haven in the RepRap Project. They seized the expiration of the dreaded
> stratasys​ FDM patent to popularize 3D printing, and they also have a
> beautifully written manifest against patents - http://reprap.org/wiki/
> Patents - but not only that: as they provide a historical account of many
> inventions in open space, inventors use their wiki to document all their
> ideas, endeavour and experiments to be used as "prior art", the one thing
> that can invalidate a patent after it has been applied or registered. You
> just go there and document your invention as thoroughly as you can, with
> photos and even videos, and it will stay there, and if someone patents it,
> you just provide this source as prior art in the court.
> ​Patents are horrible things that are halting technological development
> everywhere.​
> ​Regards,​
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