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Patents & Technical Disclosures

When one works for a corporation, one's innovations becomes that corporation's intellectual properties.

Companies that have a huge employee base may have resulting large intellectual properties portfolio each year that may tax even their sizable legal department.

To deal with their volumous innovations, legal departments of large companies may only pursue those ideas that they deem would be readily profitable (in terms of being licenseable for fees, or with potential for immediate significant product and revenue improvements) and therefore worth all the resources (in terms of paperworks, time, and manpower) needed for their pursuit.

As for those ideas that they don't have enough resources to apply for patents, but may be costly to the company when some other companies patented them, companies would publish them in their own technical disclosure bulletins, to render them public domain knowledge (so that no one else may patent them).

Thus, company technical disclousre bulletins serves 2 purposes:
  1. Prestige - a company can brag about its inventions (it's so creative that it's not even bothering to patent all these great ideas).
  2. Protection - a company would at least have the comfort of knowing that if they made a mistake, at least they don't have to pay an arm and a leg to license and use something their employee invented but they erroneously didn't patent.


(per Patentmaps)


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