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Patent Free Protection? Answered

I have an idea that I wish to keep free for all to use. Does publishing on Instructables count as Prior Art to the US Patent Office? Does the Patent Office check Instructables in patent searches? I check Patent Free on all my Instructable ideas, so is this enough?
Thanks, Carl.

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steveastrouk (author)2017-05-30

Yes, the changes in the US system align it with the rest of the world, any publication before filing is prior art and stops anyone (including you) from patenting it.

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hifatpeople (author)steveastrouk2017-09-24

Are you sure? I've looked into this a bit myself and remember it being hazy, like it's hard to actually get something in public domain. I'd contact the patent office about it to make sure.

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