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I have applied for a patent for an invention which is an improvement of existing prior art. Since it is not important for me to make money I’m thinking about giving away this invention by disclosing it on the web.

I have found that another inventor has applied for a patent for a similar invention a few years earlier but his published claims do not necessarily read on my new invention.

However, I’m worried that if I disclose my invention and this inventor sees my disclosure before his application is granted, he may be able to change his claims by describing some existing parts differently to read on my invention to prevent other people from building or using my invention.

If it is possible for him to do this then it would make more sense for me to wait until after his patent is issued before disclosing my invention but then the industry would lose out having to wait longer to build and use my invention.

TIA

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