Originally Posted by A Bad Day
I have to disagree. What if the competitors"borrowed" trade secrets and were able to replicate the tech?
Here's what often happen instead:
1. BusRAM develops a new memory system that makes Flash, DRAM, SDRAM, and HDDs obsolete.
2. BusRAM goes under, and sells it to Rambus. Other companies such as IBM start to figure out how to replicate the technology.
3. Rambus sits on the patent for a decade without bothering to do anything with it, then sues everyone once the memory system is a commonly accepted standard.
1. A company buys up millions of patents.
2. Then such company indirectly warns competitors to watch what they develop, since any products can potentially violate one of their patents.
3. The patent-holding company then does what it wants, with the competition knee-caped.
1. I patent the concept of launching projectiles using explosives, even though prior arts existed at least hundreds of years ago.
2. I sue companies like Winchester and General Dynamics (the company that designed the M1-Abram tank) for violating the patent.
1. I patent the concept of purely optical computers.
2. I then sue anyone that tries to market such computer.
1. Irrelevant example. I clearly stated once a technology is commonly accepted as superior to others on the market, in other words, it becomes standard, the patent is revoked. I also clearly stated there would be no lawsuits, and instead there would be a investigation/fine system.
2. Again, irrelevant, as patents for non-existant things are not granted, and again, "indirectly warning" companies of what? The patent office would investigate accusations of theft, and obviously, if the company came up with the idea on their own, because your mystery company that holds all of the patents didn't release a product, they would come out in favor of the copier. If your mystery company did release a product, then it would be a standard already and the patent would have been revoked. If the company still holds the patent AND released a product, then the other company would be fined, and should be, for releasing a stupid product.
3. You can't patent technologies that are already standards. If you don't believe me go try and patent the wheel. And its Abrams, not Abram. And again, I clearly stated there would be no lawsuits allowed, it would be an investigation and fine.
4. You can't patent something that doesn't exist, and a purely optical computer can't exist. And ONCE AGAIN, no lawsuits.