Re: ignoring the fact of Prior Art ?
"The US patent office generally takes your fee and grants the patent.
Prior art is left for the lawyers to sort out later.
If you're small fry, and can't afford a lawyer, sorry, you're screwed."
Just submitted a project proposal fur EU funding this week, and discovered on the patent search a whopping great broad patent claim has just been filled in the US asserting ownership of a bunch of IP which we already developed under a separate EU funded project 2 years ago. We looked at patents at the time, but decided there was no point as it was all software and mathematical methods