Patent Reform Is Only Bad For Startups Who Rely On Patent Law

from the patents-are-not-a-business-model dept

There are some news reports coming out about "small inventors" and "startups" coming out against patent reform, but when you read between the lines, that's not what's happening at all. What's happening is that a few entrepreneurs who have relied heavily on patents as part of their business model are coming out against patent reform. That's not surprising. After all, this form of government protectionism did help them. However, that does not mean that it's good for society or promoting innovation overall (which is the purpose of the patent system). There is no single view from startups. If a startup's business model is going to rely on patents, then obviously they'll want stronger patent protection. However, plenty of startups these days don't rely on patent protections, and focus on other types of business models instead. For them, patents are a real worry -- because even as they innovate, they always need to be wary of some no-name, no-product company suddenly suing them for actually building a product people want. So, while the press and some lobbyists will spin the press conference as "startups" against patent reform or even (as they're trying to say) "startups" vs "big tech companies," it's really "startups who rely on patents" vs companies who recognize they don't need patents to innovate.

Filed Under: dean kamen, inventors, patent reform, patents, steve perlman


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    Danny, 21 Sep 2007 @ 6:32am

    True

    Small "companies" that are nothing more than a group of patent holders are against reform because that means they would actually have to bring something to the market in order to make money. For some reason these "companies" think that just for merely entering the market they are entitled to making profit no matter how questionable (or outright illegal) the means. In short they don't think they should have to work for their profit margin, it should just be handed to them by a court ruling.


    Large companies that are looking to prevent competition are against said refore just as much. They seem to have developed the notion that once they have risen up in their market they are entitled to keep that position no matter how questionable (or outright illegal) the means. In short they don't think they should have to continue to work for their profit market, it should just handed to them by a court ruling.

    However instead of, "Patent Reform Is Only Bad For Startups Who Rely On Patent Law" I would have called it, "Patent Reform Is Only Bad For Businesses Who Rely On Patent Law". By using startups I get the impression that you are only calling out startup businesses when we all know that large corporstions are just as guilty about abusing patent law.

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