OK, I'll keep you
So, what is the number for your patent?
Anyone interested in looking it up for comment
can do so here:
From what I read, most patents are never
actually called upon to protect a product from
infringement, so the inventors and inventions
sit idly in the annals of the USPTO forever.
However, with the newly created venue of patent
auctions like the one in San Francisco,
recently, where one inventor sold a patent for
about $1.5M (most sold nothing), anything is
possible. Of course, there is the personal
satisfaction gained from having had an idea that
someone considers to be worth protecting.
Most large companies like to collect patents
to build an arsenal in case they ever have to go
up against another company in court. Company A
sifts through its stack of patents and threatens
to sue Company B for infringement, but Company B
sifts through its own stack of patents and finds
one with which it can threaten to sue Company A,
and both parties ultimately agree to ignore each
other. The lawyers aren't happy about it, but
the bean counters are.
I do not own any
patents, and the way things are going, I
probably never will. All that's left for me is
to envy those who do. Good job!
- Kirt Blattenberger
RF Cafe Progenitor & Webmaster