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Everyone knows that the US patent system is becoming more archaic. The dull database design, which has not changed for more than 40 years, the old indexing system, and most importantly, the process of defining which invention you can patent and which you cannot. The latter dinosaur process helps parasites in the field of science and technology, so-called trolls or companies that do not produce anything (NPE). If they do not get a patent, and as a rule it happens because of lack of novelty or unclear language, the trolls again send a request with slightly modified text of the abstract.

American engineer Alexander Reben decided to eradicate this habit, publishing all possible ideas in the world. According to the US (and European too) laws, if the idea is published, its priority date starts from the date of publication. Troll sends an unclear application thinking that the judges would not go into detail, and industrial companies would not want to mess with courts. This trick is called a wide range patent and such things can be interpreted in very different ways.

So now, according to Reben, trolls are going to strike a bad patch. Reben decided to publish on his website all the possible ideas and options, just automatically extracting information from the published patent applications from the USPTO website and combining chaotically certain phrases from them.

The resulting ideas are very often absurd, for example, 3D soap against strawberry bugs, or a temperature controlled diaper with a hood for adults.

The computer generates up to 800 000 ideas of this kind a day and they appear on the site, which means that they are published. Now, if the troll starts to send an application for a patent through fast-track procedure, as the majority of parasitic firms do, it is likely that the package will be rejected because of the matching in auto search expert system. Trolls’ applications usually do not contain many details, and their abstracts take usually not more than half a page, so anyone now can challenge the validity of their patents.

At least Alexander says so. As it will be in reality – we’ll see.


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