Assuming good intentions, Wacoh can legitimately protect its intellectual property rights and renew our faith in patent law. Private R&D labs with little recourse can continue to add a welcomed dimension to innovation. Garage inventors will be encouraged to pursue their craft without external threats of infringement. The MEMS gyroscope and accelerometer markets will attract more attention and more capital. Based on market adoption, InvenSense’s patent portfolio will make a valuable asset going forward.
If Wacoh is simply holding InvenSense and like-minded companies hostage for a quick payday, a promising market will potentially stagnate. As usual, resources will be wasted fighting toothless claims of infringement. Patent trolls will leverage antiquated MEMS technologies and useless patents to sabotage an exciting growth market. InvenSense will be forced to analyze its own patent portfolio and develop a patent strategy for risk management.