An Answer to the Legacy of Steve Jobs

November 28, 2014

The answer is, “Patent every possible thing in order to make the patent wall higher and thicker.”

The article sort of misses the point of my answer. Navigate to to “Steve Jobs Lives on at the Patent Office.” The write up sees the situation in this way:

Deceased inventors can win patents if the approval process draws out, or when attorneys seek “continuations”—essentially new versions of old patents. And the more lawyers and money an inventor has, the more likely his ghost will rattle on. The estate of Jerome Lemelson, the sometimes-controversial independent inventor who came up with the bar code reader, received 96 patents following his death in 1997 at age 74.

Okay, okay. Apple, not Steve Jobs, is milking the cow. Patents unfortunately do not correlate with here and now financial success. I know of one really good example: IBM.

Some folks are confusing legal procedures with making money for someone other than lawyers.

I want to avoid that error. Also, would not life be better if Apple offered a search system that sort of worked.

Stephen E Arnold, November 28, 2014


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