Imitators Stir Up Trouble for App Makers


Ahsan Shaikh described how he often overcomes the pro-open source bias of software engineers and encourages them to pursue an IP protection strategy. “I explain to [them], ‘Look, patenting will to give your company the space to give you freedom to work on what you want to work on, and help the company survive,” Mr. Shaikh said. “You just can’t enter the software-industry ecosystem without patents. They’re key to attracting investment and defending against competitors.” It is an argument that engineers usually buy into, he added.