Alan Longmire Posted November 19, 2007 Share Posted November 19, 2007 (edited) There is also the issue of being in the public domain. One criteria is that it is an improvement on the prior art that has not been published elsewhere. Cryo and all the other similar processes, have been in the literature, for many years prior to the application of patent. Remember - deep pockets are the key. Why pay a lawyer $500/hour for something than can only generate a small amount. Not cost effective. Generally it is the threat, and the on-going cost avoidance that people pay.... True, but I still don't understand how that load of hooey made it past the patent office. As you say, all of it is well documented in prior publication, BUT: somehow it still got assigned a patent number. The language of said patent is so inclusive of any and all processes involving all known metals and thermal manipulation thereof that only an absolute drooling moron of a patent clerk could have thought it was anything new. On the other hand, it took a smart and devious lawyer to word it the way it was worded. Could one perhaps challenge the validity of the patent with the patent office without entering into a lawsuit with the owner? That might be a good solution. That whole threat/avoidance thing is what burns me about the legal system. When I first moved to the place I live now, two of my neighbors tried to use the system to steal some of my land so that they could widen their joint driveway to 30 feet (20 feet wider than the road it turns off of), which is legally merely used by them through right of egress, as they don't own the land. One of the two didn't even bother to talk to me about it first! They were counting on the greater depth of their own pockets to allow them to steal that land. They took it all the way to the state supreme court hoping that we'd run out of money. Cost us five years of stress and into five figures, and we are by no means easily able to afford that. What can I say, I like my privacy and my trees. That plus the principle of the thing. I'm an easy-going guy, but you do not mess with me and mine. And if you piss off my wife, watch the @!^$#$ out! Tim, I suspect that's how you feel as well. Were I you I'd just not have any further contact with this person. If they sue, I suspect many in the knife community would contribute to a legal defense fund, since this is an issue that affects us all. Edited November 19, 2007 by Alan Longmire Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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