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Submission + - How to prevent an idea from being patented? 6

Simon Brooke writes: I have an idea for a simple medical device which would greatly help in the monitoring of a disease I have, and several other diseases as well. Sooner or later one of the medical device companies is going to come up with this idea, patent it, and make a monopoly profit from it. I would much rather it were in the public domain, so all device manufacturers could use it freely, and it would therefore be available to patients at lower cost. Is there any way I can publish it that puts it in the public record, and prevents patents? Or should I actually apply for a patent and then give it away royalty free?

Comment Re:Also as a practical matter (Score 1) 1155

If you can persuade the court that you really don't have the password or decryption key they asked for, then it's not an offense not to provide it.
If you really have forgotten it but the court concludes that on the balance of probabilities you are lying about that, _then_ you are boned. Especially if there really wasn't any child porn on your computer and remembering the password would have let you prove that.

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