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In the past, I have been advised by my employers that I should never read patents. The reasoning is that if I have a policy of never reading patents, then I can never willfully violate a patent. This limits the amount of damage I can cause when I inevitably violate a patent.

When engineers are advised by lawyers to never read patents that pertain to their field, you know the entire system is a fucking joke.




I have had employers specifically instruct me not to look up patents from work computers. I'm free to do that at home, but not at work.




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