[e-users] Someone is trying to patent Quickwriting
W. B. Kranendonk
wankelwankel at yahoo.com
Tue Nov 23 23:37:14 CET 2010
--- On Tue, 11/23/10, Daniele Ricci <daniele.athome at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 23, 2010 at 21:01, Bryan
> Petty <etierra at gmail.com>
> > A patent (6031525) was already filed
> > Quickwriting in 1999/2000:
> > http://www.freepatentsonline.com/6031525.html
> patent office
> will realize it on its own, right?
There's sarcasm in that question, isn't there? Usually the patent office doesn't know or (bother to?) find out.
The applicant for a duplicate patent also does not want to know or find out, because in that case they can be hold for triple damages in case of a complaint from the original patent holder.
For similar reasons there is little incentive for the original "inventor" to raise a flag before the other becomes successful: it takes trouble with probably little returns. It is worth much more in damages to complain after the (so called) copycat became successful.
Good luck with this quest!
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