How Inventor Friendly Companies Are Varies By Industry
The percentage of hostile versus inventor friendly companies varies by industry. And while not all large companies are hostile, many are. My experience is that the number two or three company in an industry are more likely to be friendly.
But some industries, like
the auto industry, or the telecommunication
industries tend to be hostile at all levels.
The car companies mistreat their suppliers, who in turn
mistreat anyone and everyone down through the whole
chain. But in other industries the prospects
vary. I have dealt with some very large companies
who were very honest and some smaller companies which
were just as dishonest as the worst of the big companies,
but since their pockets were not as deep they were not as
The other side, which Ed Zimmer pointed out is that if you appear as being
excessively paranoid you may well inadvertently sour the
relationship between yourself and the potential
licensee. There is a very fine line between
"prudence" and "paranoia".