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Fear of claim chowder…

Ever made a prediction that was utterly, completely and hopelessly wrong?

That’s Claim Chowder.

Daring Fireball has the example of Steve Balmer’s April 2007 quote  – “There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance.”


And yet, has this prediction hurt Steve?

Seth Godin posted about this recently – he suggests – do it anyway, have an opinion, defend it, it will make you smarter, no one ever got a terminal illness from Claim Chowder.

As you read this, no doubt some of you are already turning your minds to the other type of claim – patent claims.  Does the same apply to patent claims?


There’s a great danger in going way too far in predicting the future when you draft patent specifications and claims.

Can you really enable them?  How do you know what’s going to happen?  What is this going to do to the remainder of your patent claims, not to mention the value of the patent…

Only go so far as you can see in sufficient detail.  How confident are you that this is going to work and work as you describe it?  What evidence do you have of this and how are you going to use it to support your claims?

But how do you protect the next step after this patent publishes?

Try inventing it first.

[Image credit: Troels Eklund Andersen]

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