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[4]: ..good !!
by vodoomoth on Wed 13th Jul 2011 08:01 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: ..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.
Then the situation is even worse than I initially thought, almost defying the purpose of patents, weren't they supposed to foster innovation?

Anyway, patenting something is still possible with support from a business incubator or another type of business support. In fact, my previous comment describes my own start-up company project: I am joining an incubator next September for a software project based on frequency decomposition and analysis AND any patent-related fees would be paid by the incubator, to be reimbursed later.

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