Re: homemade inkjet printer head

From: Bathsheba Grossman (
Date: Sat Jun 08 2002 - 01:30:03 EEST

On Fri, 7 Jun 2002, Steven Pollack wrote:
> The flipside of that position is if you had invented something useful, filed
> for a patent, but not gotten around to reducing it to practice due to
> anything from technology development or funding, should someone else be
> allowed to infringe who is ready to come to market?

Well, I could be snarky and say "well, how useful is it?" In the
context of pharmaceutical manufacturers who withhold production of
life-saving drugs, there is patent busting going on that will almost
certainly not be prosecuted, and that is calling some aspects of the
system into question. But never mind that, it's not relevant.

> I realize that was not your position but it might be the natural consequence
> of your expressed feelings.

Yep. I find the idea that people should be able to block the use of
an invention for many years, without any obligation to develop that
use or make it available themselves, irksome. If that strikes at the
foundatione of what makes America great, then you can paint me red and
call me a Bolshevik.

Bathsheba Grossman                                         (831) 429-8224
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