The Complicated Relationship Between Tech Cos. And Patents

Law360 (May 15, 2019, 4:18 PM EDT) -- Patents and technology companies are often intertwined. The story of the startup company patenting its groundbreaking technology is a well-known one. We see this often on the television show "Shark Tank," as investors such as Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner routinely ask whether the founders of a potential investment opportunity have filed for patent protection. They recognize that without that protection, there is often little that will prevent someone else from quickly copying the invention and offering a competing product.

The relationship between technology companies and patents becomes more complicated as companies grow. While patents are still important, growing companies must...

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