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#ActualHodgman

Posted 04 September 2012 - 07:10 AM

At which point the troll files a patent for your invention, and still tries to sue you anyway. Publishing details is enough to win the court case, but that doesn't help much once the verdict has been reached, and the troll simply calls in the administrators declaring chapter 11 bankruptcy (which is far too common). Net result is a lengthy court case, a load of unpaid legal fees, and a patent troll who merrily skips off into the distance in search of his next victim.....

If you want to be really pessimistic, even if you do file, the troll can still file a patent that does something slightly more than yours and deliberately leave your patent out of their prior-art search (as the USPO doesn't do real prior-art searches themselves), and then still sue you as above.
There's literally nothing you can do to protect yourself from spurious lawsuits. Ermirucah.

#1Hodgman

Posted 04 September 2012 - 07:09 AM

At which point the troll files a patent for your invention, and still tries to sue you anyway. Publishing details is enough to win the court case, but that doesn't help much once the verdict has been reached, and the troll simply calls in the administrators declaring chapter 11 bankruptcy (which is far too common). Net result is a lengthy court case, a load of unpaid legal fees, and a patent troll who merrily skips off into the distance in search of his next victim.....

If you want to be really pessimistic, even if you do file, the troll can still file a patent that does something slightly more than yours and deliberately leave your patent out of their prior-art search (as the USPO doesn't do real prior-art searches themselves), and then still sue you as above.

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