Would 2010 Steve Jobs Sue 1996 (Or 1984) Steve Jobs Over Patents?

by Volker Weber

Interesting observation:

One of the things you discover in studying the history of patent use among many companies is that when they're young, they innovate. When they're old, they litigate.

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I don't think that's true of individuals though, interestingly.

Obviously can't go into details or name names, but I suggest that as an aphorism it would be truer of the /size/ of a company, than its age - older companies just happen to be bigger as well as more arthritic.

Whereas the real inventors, just keep inventing.

Nick Daisley, 2010-03-04

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