[ExI] i'll bee seeing you... was: RE: old software fun
atymes at gmail.com
Tue Jun 2 15:48:27 UTC 2015
On Tue, Jun 2, 2015 at 7:32 AM, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:
> Cool, now a downer: if we post these ideas in this forum, are we defeating
> ourselves? I assume they can’t be patented once they are in the public
> domain, so then people who would create something like this for profit
> won’t bother? Do we have intellectual property hipsters here? IP Brians,
> do you know? Anyone else?
Contrary to what it is currently in vogue for software VCs to believe, an
idea does not have to be patented to make revenue-generating software on
it. Frankly, the old line about "1% inspiration 99% perspiration" applies
for any significantly complex commercial software. Revenue is realized
after hard work is put in to make a good app, because customers care about
whether your app fills their need best, not about its patents (except in
cases so rare they can be ignored).
Further, for a (niche and benefits-strongly-from-common-data-standards)
market such as this, once someone is serving it well, there is little to be
gained by making a competing app. Patents are useful for making it
uneconomical for others to compete with you (because you'll sue them - so,
"patents with capable lawyers behind them" is more accurate), but here that
seems to already be the case.
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