Subject: Re: "incentive void" (was Re: A different patent covenant...)
From: Thomas Lord <>
Date: Wed, 04 Oct 2006 12:45:43 -0700

It is a bad idea.

The reason that patent races happen is because people are spending a lot
of money and/or effort on the gamble of getting the patent.   They should
already have figured the race-to-the-PTO risks into it.    Nothing
to see here, move along.

(For history, look to aeronautics or the telephone.)

Anyway, that's what provisional patent applications are supposed to be


simo wrote:
> One of the very bad things of the patent system is that it is a sort of
> lottery, the first to file get the patent, all the others will just get
> the research costs and no benefits at all.
> I think that a rule that states that in case two or more party file a
> patent for essentially the same technology either no patent is granted
> and the invention is considered obvious or all the parties are granted a
> shared patent.
> What do you think?
> Simo.