writes: I work for a small company with a workforce management software product. We brought a fairly unique approach to market in 2004, and have developed the idea continuously since then. Our first of three patents was awarded in 2007.
At the moment we have exactly one customer. And while I can't blame our lack of commercial success on our ideas being copied — "No one ever got fired for buying $established_product" — I find myself wondering if it's time to try and enforce our patents.
Would doing so make us a patent troll, or is this the situation patents were created to help solve? If this isn't the right situation, what is?
writes: Probably the largest problem I've run into in recent memory is how to name a new free product the company I work with is going to take to release in about six months. I have ideas, but none of them are Awesome, and I'm really having trouble coming up with new ones.
Are there any recommendations for creative process? Any ideas for a name that aren't already taken?
As for what the software does; well, perhaps I should stay quiet on that. I don't want to bias any ideas by using buzzwords, and I'm definitely not trying to slashvertise. We don't even have a site up yet!
writes: Michael Gartenberg writes about how Linux still isn't viable for end users or organizations, due to it's lack of hardware support and inability to run critical, irreplaceable business applications like Microsoft Office. He goes on to mention the office suites available for Linux, but casts doubt on their interoperability.
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