I have a couple of patents in my patent database that I just recently filed in order to protect people from me and my patent. With the patent protection laws in place, I am really happy that I am able to share this information with anyone I choose so I won’t have to take anything out of them.
It’s good to know that you can also protect your ideas with a group that works to help you do just that. The Open Source Patent Protection Group is an open source effort that works to make patent protection more accessible to everyone, whether they are interested in applying or not. The group was founded by Tom Peeke and is now going stronger than ever with over 100 members strong and a growing list of projects.
The group has been around for several years and has had a great deal of success with its efforts to help people bring patents to life again. To do that, it’s not enough to simply file a patent in the US. You have to have a patent office to file it in, and that can be very expensive to obtain.
The Accessible Patent Progression Group (APPG) has a simple goal of helping people bring patents to life again. The group has a website and membership is open to anyone who wants to join. When you join, you will get a detailed, step-by-step plan outlining how you can achieve your goals.
As soon as I saw the group, I was impressed. A lot of people don’t know that you can do things like make it so that the patent office doesn’t have to take your application for a patent, but rather just the application, and then there is no cost to the patent office.
I can’t quite explain what I think of the group yet, but I am excited to have seen what the concept is and how it can be used. I believe that if you are willing to put some work into it, you can achieve great things.
In order to be eligible, you need to be a member of one of the seven groups that the patent office (specifically the USPTO) will recognize. There are a slew of groups to choose from, so if you’re interested, you can sign up HERE.
The patent office website has a very helpful FAQ, but the groups are pretty self-explanatory. We’re hoping to get as many members as we can and then we’ll figure out what kind of work we can do together. It’s going to be fun to see how this group is used in the game.
A word of warning, though. In order for you to be able to enter these groups and join the patent protection group, you need to be a member of the open source community.