Member Since: April 7, 2009

Country: United States

  • While there are alternatives to patents and you CAN protect your ideas, do you really want to go into the patent protection biz? I’ve seen it happen to well intended inventors. They made money, and every penny went back into patent protection. Very ironic.
    Open technology, both software and hardware, promotes innovation. I once heard that the only secret in engineering was that there aren’t any secrets. I personally believe this and promote it.
    I often design for customers under an NDA. I always respect that and let the customer deal with how they manage the IP they paid me to create. As for my own stuff… the best I can hope for is that it will take “The Competition” a while to catch up. By then I’m on to something else.
    I’ve always treated this “job” as being paid to play. Sharing ideas, circuits, code, etc. is ‘playing well with others’. Its usually returned in kind.

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