I've wondered a bit about patents. If I have a truly revolutionary idea, I'd like it to be available for all. One concern is that someone else would come along and patent my ideas, and then restrict their applications.
All you need to do is put your ideas into the public domain. You could even do that by posting it on TNS. In theory, that should block anyone else from patenting the same idea. However, if someone took your idea and improved it somehow, they could patent the improvement.
At some companies, if they come up with an idea that they think is not worth patenting, they instead publish a paper which effectively blocks their competitors from trying to patent the same idea.
There's no justice!
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