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Strategic Patenting

Patents, like every other company asset, need to be tracked and appraised

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Every day high-tech companies receive offers for ”strategic patenting” and ”patent mapping” services and ”comprehensive patent analysis platforms.” What exactly are these things?

The idea is simple. Instead of handling patent problems ad hoc, you devise a strategic plan—that is, one that establishes priorities so that you can jettison patents and filings not worth pursuing and defend yourself against the patents of others. You consider all the associated profits and losses comprehensively, as you would with finance or real estate.

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Why Functional Programming Should Be the Future of Software Development

It’s hard to learn, but your code will produce fewer nasty surprises

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You’d expectthe longest and most costly phase in the lifecycle of a software product to be the initial development of the system, when all those great features are first imagined and then created. In fact, the hardest part comes later, during the maintenance phase. That’s when programmers pay the price for the shortcuts they took during development.

So why did they take shortcuts? Maybe they didn’t realize that they were cutting any corners. Only when their code was deployed and exercised by a lot of users did its hidden flaws come to light. And maybe the developers were rushed. Time-to-market pressures would almost guarantee that their software will contain more bugs than it would otherwise.

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