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How do you stop patent trolls? This algorithm just might do the trick

Katherine Noyes | April 22, 2016
With 4.2 million listings so far, All Prior Art aims to 'democratize ideas'

"It isn't necessarily genius -- it's that you created a new way of doing something," he said. "There's all this stuff waiting to be discovered -- maybe by genius, or maybe by a computer program."

Descriptions of All Prior Art's ideas are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License to prevent commercial use of the text along with restricting derivatives.

The intent isn't to prevent truly innovative patents from being filed, Reben hastens to say; it's "to take the obvious and easily automated ideas out-of-play. If an idea is truly creative and innovative, a computer should have difficulty coming up with it."

Reben hopes others will pick up his work and run with it. At least in theory, a large institution could dedicate multiple servers and tap technologies like deep learning to "flood the prior art space" even further, Reben suggests. "It is not unforeseeable with current technology (along with sufficient cash for fees) to flood the actual patent application process itself with sufficiently advanced patent applications based on this concept."

He invites others who want to do "something interesting with this data" to contact him if the Creative Commons license he chose is a problem.

In the meantime, Reben is attempting a similar feat in the claims arena with a sister website dubbed All The Claims.

 

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