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Comment: Where will they be filed? (Score 1) 145

by jbeaupre (#49083327) Attached to: The Burden of Intellectual Property Rights On Clean Energy Technologies

For those of you worried about patent filings in poor countries, here's a bit of an anecdote.

I'm the inventor of a technology that resulted in a product that captured 99% of the market worldwide and sales of over a billion dollars a year. Did it while working for a large multinational, so didn't get but a couple thousand dollars as a bonus.

When deciding where to patent, the decision was US, Europe, Japan, and a couple other countries. BRICS weren't even a consideration. It costs a crap-ton of money to file patents, and even billion dollar products cut cost if it can.

The logic is that you don't have to block every possible market. Just the big ones. They will ignore the small markets as if they had patents.

Comment: Re:I'm always a lil amused .... (Score 1) 1128

by jbeaupre (#48457065) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

No, you are confusing two kinds of juries. A grand jury is more informal (jury members can ask questions, etc), one sided, and secret. Defense is not presented. The prosecutor is trying to get a group of people to agree that a crime was committed and that there is evidence for a conviction. The prosecutor can skip this step or ignore the grand jury, but it's a kind test trial. If you can't win a one sided case, you're unlikely to win in a regular trial.

If the grand jury hands down an indictment, then there is the regular jury trial you are familiar with from the movies (though much more boring and procedural).

When the weight of the paperwork equals the weight of the plane, the plane will fly. -- Donald Douglas