[rollei_list] Re: OT - "Praise don't pay the bills" (was: "NIH Syndrome" (was: Liquid Lenses))

  • From: "Siu Fai" <siufai@xxxxxx>
  • To: <rollei_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2005 08:55:15 +0100

> No, you don't. It is just available to prove that on the stamped date
> you had thought of the idea described in the paper. IOW it means that
> if anyone files a patent application purporting to have thought of it
> after that date, you can produce your paper in court saying that they
> are not entitled to a patent, since the idea is not a new one. (To be
> suitable for a patent, an idea must be "new, useful and unobvious".)

The difference AFAIK from the way we handle it is that we follow the
official patent application. We get a patent number, the patent is published
and the idea is protected by the official patent. If I understand your
statements correctly than your idea is only registered but not officially a
patent. Someone else may not be able to patent the idea but they may use the
idea since it is patented.

As I said, we have here officers that handle the patent issue and
application. So I'm not a pantent-specialist. I'm just a scientist who work
on my subject and got a patent on my name more or less out of luck ^_^

Best regards,

Siu Fai

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