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Re: [ARSCLIST] Patents again
From: Patent Tactics, George Brock-Nannestad
fortunately a lot of the activity surrounding patents is just common sense.
However, there is a real explanation why
> - frequently people choose to
> keep processes as trade secrets to protect their intellectual property because
> one of the down sides - is that by definition a patent is a full disclosure.
> Sometimes (and this may be one of those times ) enforcing and getting license
> fees or royalties is not worth the effort - and so the time and money
> associated with getting the patent never really pays back - other then the
> pride in having gotten one - it is a very neat accomplishment.
------ the real reason is that it may be very difficult to see from the
result of such a process that it is really the one that has been used. The
patent holder has to prove infringement, not the accused to disprove. If it
is a process that uses an uncommon chemical as a part, then proof of a large
consumption on the part of the accused would indicate such infringement.