@bgcarlisle To clarify: suppose you have some method and you could decide to try to patent it or try to publish a paper on it, what are the tradeoffs?

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@gzt @bgcarlisle I've heard that if you publish and fail to patent after X amount of time, other people can come along and patent it, closing you out from using it. :/ I've come up with some processes and want to publish, but I'm afraid of this.

@bthall @gzt @bgcarlisle If you've published and have an implementation somewhere, I'm pretty sure that counts as "prior art" and would invalidate a subsequent patent by someone else, if it was basically identical to your work.

Note that I am not a lawyer and this does not constitute legal advice. It's just based on my layman's understanding after the copyright/free software/free culture scene for about 20 years.

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