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Unread 07-11-2009, 04:29 PM   #1
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Default Gasdriver: Fiat patent or theft of ideas?

hi!

I need your opinion

All know, I suppose, the Fiat hybrid project denominated Gasdriver! I show you two links where the Fiat patent in USA can be compared with another Italian one that seems really similar and decidedly more elderly.

www.wipo.int/pctdb/en/wo.jsp?wo=2001056824

http://www.inventube.com/inventions_...n=view&id=NTAx

I thank in advance who will have the patience to analyze the two projects and to tell what to thinks of it.

Nice days for everybody

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Unread 07-11-2009, 05:35 PM   #2
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I have always been annoyed by patents in which the person who came up with the idea doesn't do a dang thing with it, then later someone else comes up with a similiar or even same idea and becomes successful, and the first guy sues him.

If this is a great idea, and the patent in Italy was done in 1999, the Italian guy should have got off his butt and done something with it.

Isn't there some sort of United States statute of limitations on patents of 7 years to allow others to use ideas after that time?

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Unfortunately no. If you go on OCN there's pretty much at least one news article a week talking about some guy who made a patent back in the 80's who is suing Microsoft/Nintendo/Sony/other-big-corporation for "stealing" their patent.
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Unfortunately no. If you go on OCN there's pretty much at least one news article a week talking about some guy who made a patent back in the 80's who is suing Microsoft/Nintendo/Sony/other-big-corporation for "stealing" their patent.
Oh, these are those 'idea squatters' aren't they? People who patented an idea that was far too inclusive then sue everyone who has dares to invent anything remotely close to what their 'idea'. I remember reading about one guy who is worth like 50 million now, all money gained from lawsuits, all bullshxt.

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