Patents and the little guy working at home
I have some patents through work and it does look nice to see my name on the patent database. It's kinda like wetting yourself in a dark suit - it gives you a warm feeling but nobody notices.
Don Lancaster makes a compelling argument that for the little guy it’s best to avoid the whole mess to the degree possible.
Ok, is there ever a good time to get a patent?
Let's assume that you have a rock-solid world-beating idea that cries out to be patented.
Here are some things to think about before spending the big cake on a patent.
Spoiler alert: Will your net sales exceed $12,000,000.00? No? Then don't bother.
The exhaustive case for and against patents if you are not IBM or Intel.
BTW: if you are not familiar with Don you may want to check him out - lots of great ideas for makers. He’s a consulting engineer and author that's been around forever. His books and columns have shaped a lot of the microcomputer revolution, postscript & laser printer hacking, self-publishing, and midnight engineering. (the early maker movement) Don has been there, done that, and knows a thing or three.
If you are thinking of starting your own small enterprise his free book "Incredible Secret Money Machine " is absolutely required reading:
Previous post by Mark Browne:
A useful read on the links provided. It is certainly dilemma of patents and being or promoting yourself as inventor.
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