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Comment Free (Score 1) 353

The best you can do is get your company to agree that it is okay for you to put a BSD-style license on it and share it with the community. As long as it not special-sauce kind of code, they may actually agree. I've done this myself.

But don't count on ever making any extra side-money for work you've done on their dime.

Comment Re:Sounds awesome except.... (Score 1) 191

> we just need to look at how often the patent database is used by inventors as a resource when they're looking for solutions to problems they have.

This has probably been brought up before, but typically companies will instruct their people to _not_ look at existing patents. The reason for this is that if they do create something that is similar to an existing patent, they can justifiably claim ignorance and avoid the treble damages associated with 'willful infringement'.

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