Just Give It Away

Mario P. DiForte, an inventor, is battling heart problems so he has decided to give away some of his patents. Of course, he isn’t handing them off to just anyone reports The Baltimore Sun.

The catch: DiForte says he will hand over patents, including pending and provisional ones, on 22 products to “legitimate” companies only if they agree to make the products and create jobs. And he wants to shepherd his brainchildren through production as a paid consultant, even if only on a part-time basis. It’s a sweeping offer. It means he would agree to take no licensing fees or royalties from product sales.

“I think it’s very generous, but then that sounds like Mario,” said DiForte’s Baltimore-based patent attorney, Royal W. Craig, a principal with Ober Kaler. “He’s got a heart of gold.”

Legos Patent Image from dkpto

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