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App dev: New innovations and inventions

By MaryWeilage Editor ·
This week's Application Developer Management e-newsletter discusses how important it is for managers to remain cognizant of new inventions and innovations.

How do you encourage your employees to constantly think of new inventions and innovations? What do you use to measure whether a new innovation or invention is worth implementing? Do you feel that developers' creativity is suffering because of businesses' drive to succeed?

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Seeking software patent protection

by MaryWeilage Editor In reply to App dev: New innovations ...

This week's Application Developer Management e-newsletter focused on to seek patent protection for software innovations. How do you feel about patents for software? Do patents protect any of your company's innovations? Please let us know.

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A useful idea, but...

by Ric Hayman In reply to Seeking software patent p ...

The issue of software patents is particularly germane given the debate in Europe. While in theory it seems a good idea, the whole software patent deal has been misused (abused?) by some software-based companies. The USPTO (and I suspect, patent offices in most developed countries) are ill-equipped in both skills and resources to deal with the issue of prior art, whether or not the 'invention' is useful and whether or not it is 'non-obvious. Some companies seeking a patent don't do a 'prior-art' search to avoid penalties for knowingly submitting a patent application that transgresses, and the Patent Office isn't sufficiently manned to do it for them. The USPTO apparently has a significant backlog of applications, which is exacerbated by companies lodging relatively trivial patents as a defensive measure. The recent Sun/Microsoft agreement highlights the frequent defensive use of patents, which is, I believe, counter to the intention (and counter to the ideal situation described in the article by Mr Withrow)

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