Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Jul 2013 15:31 UTC
Legal Joel Spolsky killed a Microsoft patent application in just a few minutes - he found prior art and submitted it, and the USPTO examiner rejected the patent because of it. "Micah showed me a document from the USPTO confirming that they had rejected the patent application, and the rejection relied very heavily on the document I found. This was, in fact, the first 'confirmed kill' of Ask Patents, and it was really surprisingly easy. I didn't have to do the hard work of studying everything in the patent application and carefully proving that it was all prior art: the examiner did that for me." This is all under the umbrella of 'Ask Patents'.
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RE: Why
by shmerl on Mon 22nd Jul 2013 18:01 UTC in reply to "Why"
shmerl
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2010-06-08

It's easy solvable by delegating the invalidation to neutral third party who doesn't develop anything (which removes the risk). The same method which patent trolls use to attack, can be turned against patent aggressors themselves.

Edited 2013-07-22 18:03 UTC

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