On Tuesday, January 25, 2005, at 10:57 AM, Austin Franklin wrote: > Ardeshir, > > I have been in the "patent" business for nearly three decades. I do > not find your claims credible. I don't know what it is that you don't find credible. Do you wish to actually see one of the copes returned to me by the US patent Office, with their official stamp on it, and the date? I have many such copies here at my home! Come over for a beer any time, and I'll show them to you. Cheers. >> Austin, >> >> I have registered my ideas with the US patent Office in Washington >> many, many times - over two dozen times, if memory serves. In the >> past - that was more than ten years ago - it used to cost me just >> $10, plus enough US postage for them to mail back one copy of >> whatever it was that I sent them. It never cost me anywhere near >> $200. All it takes is a write-up of the idea - it doesn't have to be >> a patent application, provisional or otherwise: it can even be crude >> drawings or a rough concept - in two copies, and they send back one >> of the copies with a date and an official stamp on it, proving that >> on that date the idea had been thought of by the sender. They don't >> bother to actually read it, of course: they just file it away for two >> years, and then destroy it. However, if the sender keeps the copy >> which they send back, he or she can produce it at any time as proof >> that whatever is written in that paper is a description of his/her >> concept on the stamped date. If anyone can prove that they thought of >> the same thing before that date, then he/she is out of luck. But if >> they can't, then he/she is clearly proven to be the first person to >> think of the idea. I have many such copies in my files, with the US >> Patent Office stamp on them, plus the date. Of course I try to write >> up the paper in as accurate and foolproof a way as I can: more or >> less like a patent application without the claims, so that it covers >> all the bases (or more correctly, all the bases I can think of). But >> the date and the US Patent Office stamp on the paper are sufficient >> to prove in any court of law that on that date at least, it was I who >> thought of the idea described therein. >> >> Perhaps they don't offer this service any more. But if so, that's >> news to me, because as I said, I have done it personally, and that >> too many times, in the past. >> >> Cheers.