Publications used to put teachings into the public domain to prevent future patents in that subject matter.

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How to make an invention un-patentable easily?

It appears that the USPTO no longer does defensive publications, but instead you're supposed to abandon a patent application. But that will still incur filing fees, etc. I figure an obscure blog ...
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Is there a central anti-patent database for openly developed and abandoned inventions?

Sites like HalfBakery and this shared Google Doc act as open repositories for potentially patentable inventions. In effect, these sites act as anti-patent databases because the inventions are never ...
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Can someone patent someone else's invention?

In the history, invention conflicts were on who has patented an invention sooner. This is the subject of stealing an invention. Consider one has published an invention in any kind of media, can this ...
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avoid the possibility of a future patent

Here's a hypothetical scenario: I have a new idea, say a new engine of some sort. I don't want to patent it because I don't want to ever profit from it and I would like to use a license in the spirit ...
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Can I file a patent after publishing as part of collaborative public content?

I have been considering a wikipedia style system for code (software), and am trying to figure out what the patent implications are. Aside from the risk of accidentally violating someone else's patent ...
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Patent us20110086189

This patent seems to describe or use elements of an Invention I patented in Australia, USA UK etc in the late 1970s and has subsequently been used and or published in uniaxial, triaxial sesquiaxial ...
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Is a Provisional Patent As Prior Art Sufficient Defense?

If you file a provisional patent purely to try and protect yourself, wouldn't that document the "invention" sufficient as such to be considered prior art? And if prior art is a valid defense, is it ...
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Is is allowed to patent an idea and not put it in actual practice?

So, I have an idea and I wish to patent but as of today I can't put it to any actual use. Is it possible to patent in that way for the sole purpose of preventing someone else from patenting it?
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Is the invention described in this patent application an ecommerce business model?

Salon Spa Business Method invention is a computer program design? Can this application be licensed to create a ecommerce business model?