Some people are concerned about patent trolling and the affect it could have on open source development.
I was wondering if there was a relatively easy defence against this practice.
I’ve always been told that if I have an idea I think might be patentable, then I should not discuss it with anyone because releasing the idea without non disclosure agreements could invalidate the patent.
I don’t know if this is true it may well be an old wives tale type of issue, but it occurred to me if there is any truth to it then it would be quite a simple process to publish any idea on the web and this would make it very difficult for a patient troll to hamstring any particular process or device.
For example I recently explained an idea where a 3D Printer could be produced for printing unlimited length items by replacing the y axis with two rails and fitting wheels to the printer so that it could move up and down the y axis, in theory any length of item could be printed.
Some good discussion about what could be done with this basic idea insude and I’m sure with some extra encouragement most of the avenues where this idea could be taken could have come out.
With a group properly motivated to thwart the patent trolls; people encouraged to present the most ridiculous and off the wall ideas they could think of in an effort to cover every conceivable avenue a patent troll might take.
Your observations criticisms and comments on this idea would be most welcome.