BountyQuest Subverted?

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Tim O’Reilly:

“You indicate that you hope that this site [BountyQuest] will improve the patent system by establishing a forum for posters to seek prior art in return for a monetary reward. I am concerned that patentee-bounty posters in particular will take advantage of the site in litigation. I can envision a patentee posting a bounty, seeking the number of registered hunters, and using the failure of all of those hunters to produce prior art to their advantage at trial.”

Where are all the guys that shouted at Amazon’s “obvious” patent? Why isn’t it that obvious to bust it and get $10,000 then? I’m asking in good faith.

03/15/01 update: they tried and failed.

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