As promised back in October, the US Patent Office now is opening select patents applications up to the general public to comment on. And lucky us in the polymer community, the first one in organic chemistry is from IBM and it is for monomers that can be used to make polycarbonates, polyureas, polyurethanes...
How many times have you read a patent is said "that is so obvious" or "that is already being" done? (Please don't reply. If everyone did, it would crash the servor for weeks.) So here's your chance to change that. Register on the site and serve up some existing documentation to shoot this thing down - if you can. I haven't really looked at it in enough detail to make a decision about it for myself yet.
You could really imagine a couple of pharma companies going to war in a hot area and beating the crap out of each other in the comments.
Yeah, but I think the advantage of doing this is that if you come out unscathed, it will be pretty tough for anyone to take you down in the future. It's like you're getting your invalidity suits out of the way early on.
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