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Patent Free Protection? Answered

Hello:
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

2 years ago

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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mr_darkersteveastrouk

Answer 1 year ago

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.