Archive of UserLand's first discussion group, started October 5, 1998.

Re: Chiling patents

Author:Jakob Nielsen
Posted:2/27/2000; 9:17:04 PM
Topic:scriptingNews outline for 2/27/00
Msg #:15294 (In response to 15290)
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An unused patent is harmless

I agree. In fact, it is better than harmless, because it prevents somebody else from getting the patent.

Even so, I still would not recommend that companies trust their future to this strategy. It may work in a few high-profile cases such as Amazon's one-click order, but there will be many other cases where the best defense is to have your own patents.

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