Eye-Fi plays the waiting game with the SD association
Posted 14 June 2012 - 11:08 AM
Posted 14 June 2012 - 10:11 PM
At the same time, I feel Eye-Fi's pain - it's an awesome product that pioneered the whole idea years before this new standard was announced!
I think a fair solution would have been for SDA to pay Eye-Fi a reasonable fee to license their patents. The alternative is a bunch of lawsuits that have a similar result except that when it's finally settled several years later the lawyers will have taken a hefty chunk out of the money that otherwise would have gone to Eye-Fi.
Posted 14 June 2012 - 10:22 PM
This is a really good point. Like any innovator, Eye-Fi's real competitive advantage is coming up with clever new products and making them work, rather than resting on their laurels and selling variants of the same product forever or living off patent royalties.
Patents exist for a reason, particularly if they're actually cool inventions which you worked hard to create and turn into real products, but lawsuits do not create great awesome new gadgets that are delightful and useful and make the world a better place.