Subject: Re: [Freesw] priorart.org
From: Bernard Lang <Bernard.Lang@inria.fr>
Date: Wed, 9 May 2001 19:17:16 +0200

On Wed, May 09, 2001 at 09:53:46AM +0200, Carlo Daffara wrote:
> An interesting twist on protection against bad patents:
> http://www.priorart.org
> 
> cheers
> 							Carlo Daffara

Yes ...

   one of the dumbest initiatives of the Hindsight Institute ... and
apparently endorsed by some prominent members of the community too.


  The good thing about it is that one has to pay to use it ... 20
bucks is still a lot.  So it will probably be ignored.

  SWPAT are inherently bad economically (I do not know of any study
with positive conclusions).  Why waste time helping them.  It is much
more useful to maximize insecurity for patent requesters by making
prior art search difficult.  Increasing the cost for patent holders
actually improves the economic effectiveness of the patent system
(discouraging weak patents).

  And it is totally misleading regarding the way patents works.
People will use this database to get the good ideas and patent around
them.  Just imagine a new claim and you get a patent on an old idea.

   I wish free software "leaders" had carefully discussed the issue
publicly, and with more experienced patent specialists, before
endorsing it.

So it goes ...

Bernard

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