New class of victims: inventors cheated out of their inventions by ‘patent protection’

My late husband was right: the Government always achieves the opposite of what it sets out to do:

  • child ‘protection’ is actually about child snatching
  • patent ‘protection’ is actually about stealing your invention for financial exploitation by the ‘big boys’
  • it’s actually “mis-selling” – just as the banks are doing it…

As reported by The Telegraph, Michael Wilcox burned his patent outside Westminster recently.

This Financial Times article is entitled Patents merely satisfy a professor’s pride. It quotes explicitly what I was told by an American IP lawyer years ago: patents are the game of the big boys.

…”we will put a hundred patent lawyers on it to write a hundred patents a days, and you will spend the rest of your life, and the gross domestic product of your little island, suing us.”

Members of the SME Innovation Alliance are now making these requests via a few politicians. Watch this space!


About Sabine Kurjo McNeill

I'm a mathematician and system analyst formerly at CERN in Geneva and became an event organiser, software designer, independent web publisher and online promoter of Open Justice. My most significant scientific contribution is
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7 Responses to New class of victims: inventors cheated out of their inventions by ‘patent protection’

  1. Colin Peters says:

    Years ago I was in regular contact with the late Bernard Gough who had invented a warehousing system called the Sitemaster or something similar.
    It was worth millions and Bernard had his invention stolen from him and I believe that the stress and strain that he endured in fighting back played no small part in his demise.
    R.I.P. Bernard. There will be a Judgement Day.

    • Hm, another ‘starfighter’ mentioned Bernard Gough to me straight away when I mentioned this new discovery… I’m still gobsmacked. In all other countries, patent violation is a criminal offence. Why not in the UK, one wonders???…

      Similarly, the UK is unique re child protection. See

  2. peter oakes says:

    Hi. Colin.
    The invention was called “acemaster” an automatic warehouse
    delivery system. No personnel in warehouse, You went to the counter, wrote out the part No.

    an automatic forklift truck went into the warehouse, selected the item, and
    brought it to you at the counter, it then re-ordered the item so that the
    inventory was accurate with the right items in stock. no pilfering or
    wrong orders.

    It is used worldwide by Tesco, Ford, Caterpiller, BMW etc. etc. etc.

  3. Colin Peters says:

    Thank You for that Peter

  4. Robert Dooran says:

    It looks like Liz Watson has been up to her old tricks again.

    I wonder if Sabine is proud of the role she played in this sorry saga.

  5. JM says:

    my first thought on this one was google PIRATING all those books….damnsite more effort and time goes into that than making a movie!

    so one has to wonder what google promised to do/ is doing for the PTB to avoid prosecution on that one, never mind the rest?

  6. Callum O'Carroll says:

    Hi Colin, I am a relative of Bernard’s and would love to speak to you if possible. If, by any chance you may stumble across my comment please comment back so I can contact you further. Thank you

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