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.
Thread beginning with comment 554101
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
by UltraZelda64 on Mon 4th Mar 2013 00:08 UTC
Member since:

Things like this are, unfortunately, exactly what it will take for people to start opening their eyes and make changes to the system. The more people that shun the U.S. (and I am a U.S. citizen) due to patent-related bullshit, the better. We need patent reform, and it will not happen any other way. Go Jolla... now let's watch as they release the floodgates and more companies admit that this is the reason they choose to avoid the U.S.

This could lead to good things in the future... but as slow as the U.S. is at figuring anything at all out (just look at hemp and its cousin), I won't expecting anything of real significance for many years...

Reply Score: 3

RE: Good...
by shmerl on Mon 4th Mar 2013 01:06 in reply to "Good..."
shmerl Member since:

I'm still waiting for US to switch to the metric system proper...

Reply Parent Score: 4

RE[2]: Good...
by rcsteiner on Mon 4th Mar 2013 01:29 in reply to "RE: Good..."
rcsteiner Member since:

We probably will after the UK does. Both countries still use miles for distance on roadsways and MPH to measure road speeds.

Reply Parent Score: 4

RE[2]: Good...
by bansal98 on Mon 4th Mar 2013 04:25 in reply to "RE: Good..."
bansal98 Member since:

Kilometers does not sound as romantic as miles!

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[2]: Good...
by UltraZelda64 on Mon 4th Mar 2013 04:41 in reply to "RE: Good..."
UltraZelda64 Member since:

You're comparing basic right and wrong to unit of measurement preference. Just because the metric system is not the officially-recognized government standard doesn't mean you can't use it yourself. On the other hand, these patents seriously limit startup companies from succeeding. There is a big difference there.

I think there are far more important issues than measurement units; if you want to play at that game of trying to enforce better standards onto people, why not push for everyone to switch to the Dvorak Simplified Keyboard? I have (using it since early December last year), it's a hell of a lot better than the standard layout, and it's even less heard of than the metric system...

But, if you are only hinting that the U.S. government is slow as all hell at getting anything done, then I fully agree with you. I even hinted at that at the end of my previous post.

Reply Parent Score: 2