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Jun 20, 2018 at 20:48 comment added mathreadler So they get application fees regardless. Ok well that's a bit better than I was afraid of. But often I guess it is a company backed with money reserved for patent applications vs the inventor supposedly a lone academic who makes little or no money of it or something of the sort who usually would need to spend time earning money on a day job and not searching for patent applications.
Jun 20, 2018 at 20:22 comment added reirab @mathreadler They get application fees regardless of whether the patent is approved or not. And even more app fees when you have to file a continuation due to multiple rejections based on completely unrelated 'prior art' and/or because the examiner doesn't actually understand the words they're reading. (Yeah, I might be a bit bitter about all of the time I've wasted trying to get patents approved.) That said, you're right that most people (myself included) wouldn't be willing to invest the time to do this, but it's about the only way to do what the OP asked for.
Jun 20, 2018 at 19:51 comment added mathreadler Most people don't have the kind of time to do that. Also they get money for approving patents, not for rejecting so it is in their interest to deny / not believe that the prior art actually is related to the patent.
Jun 18, 2018 at 8:42 history answered reirab CC BY-SA 4.0