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comment What happens if I develop a software and provide it as an online service and someone else patents it?
thing to do, get your name out there everywhere and make sure that in 5 years people will be able to look up whatever your SaaS does, they'll find dates publications about your website as well as good "enabling" explanations of what it does. Here is a similar question that helped me a while ago: patents.stackexchange.com/questions/83/…
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comment What happens if I develop a software and provide it as an online service and someone else patents it?
It helps of course - if you're in tech (as I am), having articles in techcrunch, engadget, or even a simple prweb release can be somewhat helpful in proving you were there first. However, those articles must describe your invention really well. Also, a USPTO examiner will rarely (IMO) look at any of that during the patent prosecution, and you will only be able to use it to protect yourself if you are sued with your own invention. However, I have seen USPTO look at the "wayback machine" for prior art. My advice is that if you don't want to apply for a patent (which I still think may be the best
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answered What happens if I develop a software and provide it as an online service and someone else patents it?
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answered Online Dating - Identifying Nearby, Compatible Users (Zoosk) - Patent Application - PRIOR ART REQUEST
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accepted Expired patent - non-payment
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asked Expired patent - non-payment
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accepted Submitting 3rd party prior art - any negative consequences to the 3rd party?
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asked Submitting 3rd party prior art - any negative consequences to the 3rd party?
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comment Non-publication requests and 3rd party prior art submissions
Thanks George - OK, I guess they will probably change this in the future if the 3rd party system picks up. I had read that examiners only have a few hours available to them to do prior art search with their current resources so I think 3rd party submissions can end up being very valuable, particularly for the more complicated patents.
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accepted Non-publication requests and 3rd party prior art submissions
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comment Non-publication requests and 3rd party prior art submissions
Thanks George - so is there no way to submit prior art to such an application before it gets granted? That seems like a loophole of sorts. Do the examiners compensate by spending more time researching prior art in those cases?
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asked Non-publication requests and 3rd party prior art submissions
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comment Is the following method a valid way to dodge some patent trolls?
Thanks - How does the ED of Texas get jurisdiction on the case though? Isn't there typically a minimal contact required to be able to bring a suit to court? If you've never sold a product there, advertised there or set foot there, can't you get the trial moved elsewhere though? Here's one source I found to be related but not conclusive: patentlyo.com/patent/2007/04/patent_jurisdic.html
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comment How was this eligible for a patent? US 2013/0078073
Yeah - again, I'm not a lawyer but I believe these guys are supposed to sign a declaration that they are not aware of any other prior art that may be related and I find that a little misleading from one of the top 3D printing companies in the world. Do send those examples in/call for prior art.
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answered How was this eligible for a patent? US 2013/0078073
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answered What is the average time for a utility patent to be approved?
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asked Is the following method a valid way to dodge some patent trolls?
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comment How solid are foreign patents that are later filed in the US?
Thank you for the insight George, this is helpful. I agree that it's also a little troubling the patent owner. If it were me, I would have preferred to have narrower but more solid independent claims, rather than something I'd be sure wouldn't pass a re-examination request. Your recommendation makes sense.