Green Innovator Meets The Patent System
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  • BillH

    “Let’s hope the legal process works quickly and one way or another….” Now, that would be something to write home about.

  • Robert Burnham

    You can have your Nest thermostat — I’ll stick with my Honeywell T87:
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/4/4c/Honeywell_round_thermostat.jpg/220px-Honeywell_round_thermostat.jpg

    Never needs to be programmed — and then reprogrammed after every power glitch.

    The T87 costs less than $30 on Amazon — about 1/10th the price of a Nest.

    And the T87 is an icon of midcentry design — there’s even one in the Smithsonian.

    Best of all, market forces are keeping it alive.

  • Kris

    [email protected]: So if I get this right, not only is the Honeywell better than the Nest, but it is incomparably cheaper. Which is why Honeywell is suing Nest. 🙂

  • Andrew Allison

    I must confess that when I read the inital blog about the Nest, I thought that it was, say the Tesla of thermostats,i.e., a rich kids toy. As Robert points out a simple programmable thermostat costing $20-$30 does all that’s necessary.
    The courts (sigh) will have to decite whether the Nest is infringing, but it does seem like a dreadful waste of time and money for Honeywell to sue a company which roughly zero chance of being a competitive threat — unless of course Honeywell is planning something similar and wants to slow Nest down. If so, it’s an even more stupid strategy. Honeywell should let Nest test the market.

  • Corlyss

    I hope with the expanded posting by interns we’ll have more coverage of the IP wars. They are among the most influential trends in information transmission.

  • Earl of Sandwich

    If you read Nest’s S1 filing, half of it is spent bashing Honeywell. My impression is the lawsuit is more out of petty vanity than strategic or profit concerns. In anycase, I doubt Nest does anything common sense can’t.

  • JGreer

    The current status of patent law in regards to technology is a mess. I think it is critical that these issues be resolved in this very important area before we have any chance of moving ‘Beyond Blue’

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