Some companies – let´s call them trolls – sue big or small businesses over patent infringement when they have not made any products. Google wants to help small, and vulnerable, startups from this.
That is why the Mountain View search giant is prepared to give 50 developers the chance to access a set of free patents from Google´s portfolio.
But before you get too excited, you need a 2014 revenue between $500,000 and $20 million to be considered.
If you fill that initial, and crucial, requirement head to the Patent Starter Program website and click on the section that says “sign-up” to fill the form.
There you will have to acknowledge you are ready to join the LOT Network – the network set by tech companies to provide a pool of patents and help each other fight against trolls. If you choose to participate, you will have to be a member of LOT for two years or risk to lose your patents.
These are the main bits of the sign-up sheet:
All the boxes above have to be ticked to sign up. Google offers a helpful FAQ that will try to answer all the questions you may have.