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2/21/2014 | 2:19:48 PM
Re: Crowdsourcking patents is a horrible idea
I'm with somedude8.  The idea is that patent examiners can't know all there is to know to prove the uniqueness of a design.  Crowdsourcing isn't the only answer.  More training and better tools are needed to. But it is essentially free, taps into a greater body of observers, and hopefully makes sense to fold into the process with today's technology.
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2/21/2014 | 2:26:10 PM
Re: There is no protect for little guys
No question, it's not easy for the little guys. But innovation doesn't start with playing the victim. I encourage you -- and every underdog -- to go and read Malcolm Gladwell's latest book, "David and Goliath" and what it says about underdogs, misfits and the art of battling giants! 

 
Thomas Claburn
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2/21/2014 | 5:03:47 PM
Re: There is no protect for little guys
Individual inventors with truly novel ideas deserve patent protection. But no one seems willing to address the possibility that much of what is currently patentable should not be patentable at all. The notion that Amazon could patent purchasing an item with a single click is absurd. Business method patents for software should not exist.
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2/21/2014 | 5:04:23 PM
Re: There is no protect for little guys
Thanks for sharing your story. I'm sure you're not alone in experiencing how inventive ideas can get blocked because of overly general patents held by companies w/ deep pockets. 

I'd be interested in your thoiughts on how useful the new "Patent Litigation" toolkit is on  the USPTO site, that I understand is a first for USPTO in helping business with some of these issues.  See http://www.uspto.gov/patents/litigation/index.jsp

 
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2/21/2014 | 5:58:45 PM
Re: There is no protect for little guys
Thanks for sharing your observations here.  We'll keep these in mind as we continue to cover this.
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2/24/2014 | 7:42:17 PM
Re: There is no protect for little guys
Tom, I agree, the idea that tweaks in software code deserve to be patent protected has created a nightmarish situation for patent examiners.


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