Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Jul 2011 21:34 UTC, submitted by sb56637
Legal Blah blah Apple whines about a bunch of software patents again. Go cry in a corner, Jobs. Either find a strategy that counters the rise of Android, or just suck it up and be a man about it. Oh, HTC is the target this time around. Again. Whatever.
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RE[3]: ..good !!
by JAlexoid on Tue 12th Jul 2011 22:25 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: ..good !!"
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3- even if reason 2 could be dismissed/solves/bypassed/or else, the time to market a patented "thing" might take more time than the six months you suggest: what about very small teams in startup companies?

Let me quote my newest acquaintance in the IP law profession: Startup companies don't have time and money to file for a patent. In US actual costs of filing are in $X0'000(tens of thousands) and in EU, slightly cheaper, at over €10'000.

Think about a brand new technique for frequency decomposition invented by one person. Finding the funding, raising money, convincing investors, hiring people, coordinating developments into a product with a high-enough quality to not look like crap in these ever-demanding times we're living in... that would take more time than a few months, probably years, even with an unlimited supply of money.

The patents that I reviewed in 2006 and 2007 have only just been granted in US. And that is for a major US corporation with basically an army of patent lawyers on it's retainer.

The situation might well be even more complicated in case it takes a prototype or working artifact to apply for a patent (can someone confirm this?)

There is no need for a working prototype.

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