Why I do it

This website is intended as an outlet for the force-four brainstorm which rages in the background of my mind, much of the time. It seems to result, most days, in some kind of invention. Many of these ideas are naive, impractical or just unoriginal. Occasionally, a good one appears (eg www.scenereader.com). In any case, disclosure here of anything clever or original will make patenting it impossible; which is probably a healthy situation.

A defensive publication is the act of publishing a detailed description of a new invention without patenting it, so as to establish prior art and public identification as the creator/originator of an invention…A defensive publication prevents others from later being able to patent the invention.

Remember that even though the Intellectual Property has been effectively destroyed, the inherent value of the invention persists. You disagree? Consider the case of anti-cancer drug DCA, a chemical so simple that no pharmaceutical company can patent it. There is no IP, as lawyers would understand it, so corporations won’t undertake expensive trials and yet it looks like it can save people from premature death. The system designed to promote inventiveness seems to be having the opposite effect (I could go on about car companies buying patents on clean fuels in order to suppress the ideas, but you get the picture). Note too that the costs of patent litigation exceed their investment value in all industries except chemistry and pharmaceuticals. For example, in the software industry, litigation costs are twice the investment value (1).

The obvious thing to do is to forget patents and move straight to manufacturing and selling your own products. With desktop manufacture and online marketing, this is becoming a real possibility in some cases. I recognise, however, that I won’t have enough time and money to develop and launch the majority of the ideas here in the marketplace.

Please therefore feel free to read, mock and/or exploit commercially any which take your fancy. If they make you rich, do let me know (Donating to Unicef is a good idea, even if you haven’t yet made a mint). I also run brainstorms professionally as part of the ScotSkills service, so I’m always happy to receive requests for my creative contribution from organisations or individuals with real commercial problems to solve.

Any feedback would be welcome, especially if it is constructive; rather than snide or dim. Naturally, I have several other ideas in the pipeline that are actually commercially significant. If you are looking for interesting opportunities in which to invest, rather than no-brainer get-rich-quick schemes, then please get in touch.

May you enjoy reading this as much as I enjoy the mysterious process of invention. More information about my interests and activities is obtainable via www.patrickandrews.com

Yours sincerely,


(1) Bessen, James, 2008. “The value of U.S. patents by owner and patent characteristics,” Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 37(5), pages 932-945, June.