Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Jun 2011 22:49 UTC, submitted by Jennimc
Legal "The House on Wednesday took up the most far-reaching overhaul of the patent system in 60 years, a bill that leaders in both parties said would make it easier for inventors to get their innovations to market and help put people back to work. The legislation, supported by the Obama administration and a broad range of business groups and high tech companies, aims to ease the lengthy backlog in patent applications, clean up some of the procedures that can lead to costly litigation and put the United States under the same filing system as the rest of the industrialized world." In other words, more protection for large companies like Google, Apple, and Microsoft, and an increasing number of nonsense patents due to faster application procedures.
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RE[3]: Why is this better ?
by flynn on Fri 24th Jun 2011 14:16 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Why is this better ?"
flynn
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2009-03-19

In Sweden you cannot patent something that is "out in the wild". If you give a public demonstration before filing for the patent then you are screwed. Once its out its out.

I thought this was common sense and standard procedure...

The concept you are referring to is called "prior art" and is present in the US also, with the slight caveat that the original inventor has one year from the public demonstration to file for the patent.

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