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.

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    angry dude, 21 Sep 2007 @ 7:19am

    Mike, stop smoking weed !!!

    Mike wrote:
    "What's happening is that a few entrepreneurs who have relied heavily on patents as part of their business model are coming out against patents."

    Hey, Mikey
    What kind of weed did you smoke yesterday ?

    I am getting really annoyed by (some) of your articles where you deliberately twist the facts.

    The fact is this:
    Startups which invent new technology want strong patent protection for their technology.
    Startups which just copy and matket other people's creations do not want patent protection at all.

    Plain and simple, dude

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