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2/11/2014 08:00 AM EST
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lakehermit
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Re: Where's the data?
lakehermit   2/11/2014 4:45:09 PM
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Here is one article on patent infringement litigation numbers. http://patentlyo.com/patent/2013/03/chien-patent-trolls.html 

krisi
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Re: Where's the data?
krisi   2/11/2014 4:56:48 PM
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Losers paying the litigation costs!...interesting idea...should help in excessive litigation in US and bring in line with the rest of the world...Kris

me3
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Re: Where's the data?
me3   2/11/2014 5:04:57 PM
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"bring in line with the rest of the world"

.... and we shall be as innovative as China.

krisi
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Re: Where's the data?
krisi   2/11/2014 5:35:19 PM
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China is not the only example...virtually the whole world litigates less than USA...but you would be probably surpised to know that China applies for more patents than USA...so is Japan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_patents

me3
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Re: Where's the data?
me3   2/11/2014 8:23:23 PM
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If you don't litigate, why file patent at all? spending $50K to have a line on your resume?

Or you expect someone to come knocking on your door for permission to roll out his product? Say, from a company that says f- you to Apple. Oh yes, he would be so kind to Johny Thomas the little engineer, who rents an apartment, sleeps in the garage, eats ramen and pays blood sucking lawyer with a used scope?

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Re: Where's the data?
rick merritt   2/11/2014 9:32:54 PM
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@Me: Ouch!

Sounds like we hit a nerve. I have heard some engineers don't want to participate in the patent prcoess these days. Are you one of them?

 

rick merritt
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Re: Where's the data?
rick merritt   2/11/2014 9:35:17 PM
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As Cheech said to Chong, "Thanks for the refer!"

betajet
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Re: Where's the data?
betajet   2/11/2014 9:40:46 PM
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me3 wrote: If you don't litigate, why file patent at all? spending $50K to have a line on your resume?

Many USA companies obtain patents as a defensive measure to protect themselves from other companies that may use their patents as a way to stifle legitimate competition.  For example, Google paid US$12.5B for Motorola Mobility a couple of years ago.  Many people think that this was just to obtain a huge pile of patents so as to protect Android from the likes of Apple and Microsoft.  It would have been nice if Google had used that money to do things like make Google Groups better, but patents in the USA are a very expensive game (especially in a hot area like mobile computing) and if you want to play you'd better be really, really rich.

me3
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Re: Where's the data?
me3   2/11/2014 10:39:07 PM
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If only the very very rich can afford to innovate, then there is something wrong with the country. Why would they do that anyway? If someone bought the patents, you can be sure they are infringing on some of these very patents. Unlike the Chinese who write patents to fill government quota and feed their inferiority complex,  real companies don't. It is a weapon for innovative small firms. It is a tool for driving innovation on the national level. But it is being weakened year after year, along with your other constitutional rights.

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junko.yoshida   2/12/2014 9:05:00 AM
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@DrQuine. You wrote:

 For those inventors who have neither deep pockets nor law degrees, their only opportunity to capture the value of a patent may lie in selling it to someone who will enforce it.

I agree. That captures well the very dilemma we are in.

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