Free patent protocols
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There are many ways to publish an invention in a way that is free for reuse.
The simplest way to publish an invention for free reuse is:
- Publish the invention details online
- State clearly that it is free to reuse
- Optionally: file a provisional patent in your jurisdiction (to ensure your patent office finds the provisional in even a cursory prior-art search)
As of 2013, active protocol options include:
- The Open Invention Network is dedicated to building a freedom-loving patent pool of Linux-related patents, with a standard license agreement
- The BiOS (Biological Open Source) framework is a shared agreement to not assert IP rights against each others's use of the technology to do research, or to develop products either for profit or for public good. "BiOS-compatible agreements can support both freedom to operate, and freedom to cooperate.''
- The GreenXchange provides a framework for both free and compulsory-license-fee (non-free) reuse of inventions.