How can your average startup and company owner rest assured that they're not unconsciously walking into a patent troll's lair? I might be unknowingly infringing patents nobody has heard of (except companies like these).
Business idea: a service that investigates your stack (with your permission) and verifies that you're not likely to be sued.
I agree, at this point if you do anything tech related you are infringing somebody's patent on something. Whether you get sued or not depends on how much money you have.
As for the legal extortion using lawsuits. That's an old game in the US, there are people who make an active living out of suing somebody for something and offering to settle. Get a copyright infringement letter from somebody? I guarantee you that the settlement offer will be much less than defending yourself in court, even if they are mistaken in their accusation. It's an industry that people have been abusing for years, if not decades.
The courts themselves have to do something to stop this but I see no signs they are interested in reducing the need for more resources to be spent on things the courts need to address these cases.
On the flipside then, a business that investigates a company's potential patent violations and makes them known to patent holders, but offers companies a paid way to opt out from their investigation (beforehand) sounds much more likely (and much more ignoble)
What about Australia, Canada or New Zealand?
And what happens if you would like to offer products and services in the US(which is a huge market). I'm assuming just like Samsung they are still liable if they want to sell something.
Congrats on taking the leap, enjoyed the post a lot. I did this almost 2 years ago, and never looked back - as soon as I fully committed myself to life without a job, https://openexchangerates.org took on a life of its own and remains my primary focus.
FYI, it took about 8 months to start making money (could have been much sooner, but I dragged my feet a lot) and another 6 months from first paying customer to totally covering my lifestyle and making enough to reinvest.
If you'd be interested, we have some freelance engineering tasks coming up - shoot me an email (josscrowcroft at gmail) and we can discuss further. I'm in London for a few more weeks at least.
This happened to me at Heathrow in London, except there's no option to "opt-out". You either do it, or you don't fly. It's randomly selected, so although I triggered no safety protocols, I was picked out for backscatter.
I was a hair's width from turning around and flying from Gatwick instead at a few hundred bucks cost (nothing compared to observing my rights) - but the engagement was too important.