San Francisco Chronicle: Pushing Patents

Benjamin Pimentel reports on how revenues from patent-related intellectual property are becoming increasingly important to Silicon Valley firms.

This passion for patents underscores the importance of intellectual property in the tech industry — especially during a downturn when the race to find the next hot product heats up.

“Trying to operate a company without patents in this crowded market is akin to swimming in a shark tank with a nosebleed,” said patent attorney John Ferrell of Carr & Ferrell in Palo Alto. “You’ve got to have them or you’re going to get eaten alive.”

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