If someone patents an idea that's quite obvious or generic - doesn't that go against having fair competition?
Jan. 24, 2012 at 11:23
You can patents anything you want as long as it has clear description of what it is you are patenting. There is assumption that it has not been patented before, it is your responsibility to research that.
Once you have your patent you can enforce it as in prevent anyone having/using/selling/developing something identical to what your patent covers. Move specific patents are easy to enforce, general patents are difficult to enforce - as in your layers cannot explain what you patented in the first place.
It's better to have a lot of specific patents, than one general one.
This is just a simple generalized explanation of how it works. You would need a legal advice from patent layer in order to patent properly.
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