From: Keith R. Williams
Subject: Re: What are the usual IP business options?
Date: Wed, 4 Dec 2002 22:30:23 -0500
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In article <3DEDC433.8D933D33@earthlink.net>,
> t wrote:
> > Hi,
> > say you have developed a soft ASIC core you want to market- what can you do
> > with it - sell with support,
> > license to use,.. ?
> > How do you protect yourself from someone cloning the design?
> > Please, any advice wellcome,
> > Tom
> Maximum protection is via "trade secret";
Not even close! If anyone "discovers" your "secret" it's theirs
and they can patent it (excluding your rights). Trade secrets
may work for processes, but they'll never work for products.
> what ever you put in a
> patent, be sure to create leads "down the garden path" to the "roses",
> meaning everything looks reasonable, and even some of those things are
> unique for the claims, but are not used in a practical unit and may even
> give problems that you have solved.
That is also not true. You must specify in your patent
application the "best embodiment" of your invention. The whole
purpose of a patent is to *teach*. In return you get an
exclusive limited license to that idea. You may not hold back
pertinent information, otherwise the patent can be voided. One
does not lie on patent applications. Fraud isn't appreciated and
is an easy target.