Stephen Mason is an Austin-based patent attorney with the Michael Best & Friedrich law firm. He spoke to the American-Statesman recently about why technology startups should focus on securing patents.
Why should a tech startup worry about patenting what they are working on?
"If you are developing a piece of software that is really, really useful, it is really easy for the manufacturer to make that a feature of the operating system rather than a product. A good example is flashlight apps on cellular phones. It used to be that you would buy a flashlight app.
You pay two bucks for this and it's great. Now, rather than being an app for which you pay, it's a feature that is integrated with the operating system. That's one of those deals where if I'm the guy who came up with the flashlight app for his cell phone and has patented it, I would be a royalty owner rather than just some guy who had a neat app ten years ago. "
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