We don't decide whether or not we have the precedent for any specific technology concept. There may be cases where the technology has been developed by someone else, in the past, before us, and they own the rights to the technology. There are likely a lot of cases of unique concepts coming from us, though we don't actively register them with USPTO - so you may just be able to steal one or two of them without getting caught, if you do so intelligently - but be it known; we do not take the works of other people and/or organizations and claim they are our own. There is no entitlement for anyone with these technologies. They are simply concepts that could be developed further. By whom, we do not know.
- Patrick R. McElhiney
- MCE123 Technology Development FAQs