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What were they thinking: Patent Crazy in LEDs

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Battar
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re: What were they thinking: Patent Crazy in LEDs
Battar   1/28/2012 6:21:55 PM
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First of all, some companies (no naming names) file a multitude of very narrow patents, partly to cover every possible permutation the competition might come up with, and partly to bash the competition over the head with ridiculous applications just to keep them guessing (patent examiners are not infallible - to put it mildly). Second, I don't think a great many journalists know the difference between a patent and a patent application. As for the cost - one patent attorney tole me "you should think of cost of publishing patent applications as part of your advertising budget".

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WKetel   1/28/2012 1:31:05 AM
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Perhaps it is indeed filings in multiple countries, but I see that perhaps it was just a fabrication intended to raise stock prices and also to intimidate the competition. How's that for a polite interpretation?

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Peter Clarke   1/20/2012 7:25:50 PM
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Brian It seems quite likely to me that a company would count muliple filings in different countries as separate patents even when they cover the same technology. After all they pay money for each one. It also seems like that company would have three, four or five times the number of patents globally as they do in the U.S. Usually when a company seeks to patent somthing they think hard about how many territories they will file in because they all cost money. So you invent something and you decide to file in United States, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and maybe that will do....or do you add China and is the patent worth it....South Africa....Argentina..where do you stop? In the end each technology will end up as a family of patents (5 or 6 or 10) each filed in multiple territories.....which could end up as scores of patents and each one costs a lot of money to file and some cost a lot of money to maintain. As to whether Seoul truly has 10,000 patents or just 10,000 patent filings, I don't know, but you can see how the number mounts up.

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