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Originally posted by infolurker
Depends if it is something that can get you killed.
Let's say a revolutionary generator with almost no moving parts that runs on tap water...
Don't try to get a patent, don't try to profit.. you would end up dead in my opinion.
Originally posted by dooper
For some technologies, it would be a waste of effort.
1. You'd "die."
2. A major corporation would file frivolous patent infringements, tying you up in court for years, costing you millions of dollars in legal fees. They can afford it. An inventor can't. It's just a numbers game.
3. Scientists would blast you, ridicule you, and denounce you. They railed against the physical possibility of amorphous semiconductors for many years, explained explicitly how this would violate physics, on and on. Years later, very quietly, amorphous semiconductors began showing up in different applications.
Those physicists? To hear them tell it individually, "I knew it was viable all along." Sadly, many others are buried.