Patent Policy

The following excerpt of an opening speech by J.C. Bose was taken from Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda, Thirteenth edition, 1998, This printing 2009, ISBN-13: 978-0-87612-083-5, pg 61,
The lectures given here will not be mere repetitions of secondhand knowledge. They will announce new discoveries, demonstrated for the first time in these halls. Through regular publication of the work of the Institute, these Indian contributions will reach the whole world. They will become public property. No patents will ever be taken. The spirit of our national culture demands that we should forever be free from the desecration of utilizing knowledge for personal gain.

If we do take out any patents, they will be to protect ourselves from the types of companies who patented seeds that have been around for thousands of years and then tried to stop farmers in India from planting them. Software patents are also particularly damaging.

Thankfully, we are uninterested in the mobile- and smart phone market, as those patent swamps are going to prove very difficult to navigate.

Any ideas we write about here are for prior art. We have not patented anything on this website, and are unlikely to. If there are any patents, they will be clearly documented — no submarine patents or Trolls; promise. If there is something you find useful, by all means use it after you have done your own due diligence for patent searches. If it makes you filthy rich, please consider giving some to a charity before you pass on into the next world.

Remember that not everyone gets the chance to give it away; Bill was given time and has been really generous, but not Steve, who was given plenty of notice but still had billions and high margins while Chinese workers making his products were jumping out of buildings.

For those who used to refer to me as, “I dislike Bill Gates”, due to my preference of Unix when the DEC Alpha was still sucking electrons, I have great respect for the man who built up a company against the odds of IBM, and then proceeded to give billions away for good causes — unlike governments who disguise military arsenals as foreign aid. Well done, Bill.

Elon Musk and Tesla Motors

We found this on Free Patents Online — Elon Musk's Other Motivation, dated June 2014. The Tesla “patent gambit” generated a lot of press. An excerpt from the article follows — “Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.