Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by Jeffrey Shieh, a senior patent attorney at patent filing provider inovia. I (Alexia) actually completely disagree with him. Oh well — I should probably just write a post about it. Yay TechCrunch!
The tech giants are clearly at patent war – Nokia vs. Google, Apple’s lawsuits in China, and Facebook vs. Yahoo!, etc. And international patent protection is clearly a vital part of both these companies’ defensive and offensive competitive strategies. However, not much is said about how international patent protection does or should factor into the business strategies of startups. But we know that for many startups, their innovations are the lifeblood of their company. As such, it is vital for these companies to protect their innovations from competitors by securing intellectual property rights.