Today, a new user asked a few perfectly legitimate questions about a patent and this community in general, but the questions are currently outside the scope of Ask Patents.
- Patent Discussion
I wanted to "Discuss This Patent" but all I'm allowed to do is ask a question. How can I discuss the patent just in itself, instead of having to ask a question? I don't understand why Google provides a button to "discuss" but then only allows me to ask a question instead of being able to post pertinent information about this patent.
As the original poster mentions, the button on Google states "Discuss this Patent", but found some constraints that he did not expect when he followed the link to this community. Other people (including myself, for one) would also be a bit confused. Does anyone have any ideas to mitigate the confusion for first time users arriving here from Google with the intent to "Discuss this Patent"?
Update: I see now that this first question is a duplicate and the issue has been raised before.
- Patent Licensing
I only wanted to post the info on the firm which was licensed to use the knife patent, The Great American Tool Company, a.k.a. GATCo of Getzville, NY, near Buffalo. For example, DataMP.org posts info on what firm used the patents they detail.
According to the tooltips that appear when asking questions, specific licensing information is officially off topic for this community. Are there any examples available for what might constitute on-topic questions about patent licenses (e.g., case law, historically significant licenses).
- Patent History
In my research on Western NY manufacturing history, I seldom deal with patents this new; I typically deal with ones 80+ years old. It's hard to find documentation on old patents and manufacturers, so being able to document history on a patent is important, to me. Further, www.DataMP.org only deals with certain patents (e.g., tools, engines, machinery) so there're few areas where patent history can be saved. Google has done a great service with its patent site, and I hope it can be expanded to include history.
Is patent history within the scope of this community? Are there any guidelines or boundaries for asking such questions? Does historical licensing fit within the boundaries of these questions?