Open/Free Licenses (was: propose: `cypherpunks license' (Re: Wanted: Twofish source code))
Wed, 14 Oct 1998 16:47:15 -0400
> There are other reasons to apply for a patent. One of the best ones is
> to defend yourself from the Patent Office granting a patent for your
> invention to someone else.
Please go reread my comments about disclosures. It is altogether
unnecessary to file a patent to provide such a defense. An inventor
must show novelty. Proof of prior invention is universally agreed to
be sufficient to cause a patent to be unenforcable against the earlier
inventor, their assignees, and their licensees. It is therefore
sufficient to publish a disclosure. It is highly advisable to have
your legal counsel keep a copy on your behalf and make note of its
arrival date as proof of the date of publication.