Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 3rd Mar 2013 13:48 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless At TechCrunch, Jolla's CEO Marc Dillon explains why his company will focus on China, Finland, and the rest of Europe first, ignoring the US. "The US market is not on the radar as yet, as he says the patent landscape there 'raises a barrier' of entry to newcomers (he's especially critical of overly aggressive use of design patents)." Considering the patent mess in the US is only getting worse, expect to see more of this in the future. Jolla is making a wise decision by ignoring the US - as a young technology company, you're far better off focusing your attention elsewhere.
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by Alfman on Tue 5th Mar 2013 16:09 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Translation"
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"Then how do small start-ups like Google, Ouya, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. succeed without having pre-existing patent portfolios?"

"Conversely why are companies with said 'multi-billion dollar' patent portfolios (HP, etc.) failing at the same time?"

There are clearly many factors other than patents at work when it comes to success. There's timing, market saturation, leadership, public image, investors, technical capabilities, legal capabilities, just to name a few. As convenient as it is to look at them in general isolation, it's really the aggregation of all factors which decides a company's fate.

If we really do want to take a look at isolated factors in any meaningful way, we need to be taking representative samples and not just assuming those at the very top are the only ones that matter.

To answer your first question a bit more directly, my own opinion is that they hit good timing. Their respective markets were young with little competition and enormous growth opportunities. Hypothetically, I think every one of them would be harder pressed to succeed under a mature market which is already well entrenched.

BTW Cuil is a very interesting case study on this:

In theory, nascent markets will paint the patent system in the most favorable light because everyone gets to start anew and startups are much less likely to find themselves embroiled in turf wars with established players. Now let's turn your question around and ask if any of these companies needed patents to reach success? If not, then maybe we need to rethink the patent system's role as a driver for innovation.

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