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Start-up Idea! Its called "Prior Use".

With all the ridiculous patent litigation it would be nice for a crowd sourced method of finding prior use for patent claims. The key ingredient would be a voting system which helps promote helpful prior art and buries unhelpful contributions.

The voting system will have to be well controlled, where the company or entity that is seeking the prior art, will be able to have a higher voting power over everyone else, where other lawyers have less voting power then the original poster, and ordinary people have less then lawyers.

To prevent a conflict of interest in voting, Lawyers would have to certify their credentials and identify their employer. When the information is verified, they can use the system but if their law firm is engaged in litigation with another law firm, they may not be able to vote on posts by the competing firm.

I would like to see this get made!
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