64 points by mmq 11 days ago
What will happen to Starship Technologies? Both robots are very similar in pictures. Wasn’t Estonia good enough market for robotics startup?
It's hard to believe there's no IP issues as that Amazon one looks JUST like the Starship model.
There's plenty of prior art for boxy 6-wheeled robots.
Pepsi also has a boxy 6-wheeled delivery robot:
Even if they were, like at almost every major company, engineers in Amazon are told _not_ to look at patents at all, ever.
The way the patent system in the US is set up, there's a huge financial difference (orders of magnitude, IIRC) between "accidental infringement" and "wilful infringement".
If your engineers have never gone looking for patents, it can't be argued that you wilfully infringed on existing patents, should it ever go to court.
> The way the patent system in the US is set up, there's a huge financial difference (orders of magnitude, IIRC) between "accidental infringement" and "wilful infringement".
It's up to 3x ("treble damages") and the US Supreme Court lowered the standard for granting increased damages not too long ago.
There’s for sure no IP issue. That’ll be the first thing Amazon checked during acquisition and it’s a pain in the ass for someone undergone it.
They are still going and expanding. They are on US college campuses and in Milton Keynes, UK.
Why are these ads fixed on ukulele music?
It feels like this article is purposefully avoiding back-linking to Starship Technologies website https://www.starship.xyz
Could have Amazon acqui-hired Starship Technologies instead of Dispatch? The reason is probably that Dispatch is backed by Andreessen Horowitz.
This doesn’t feel meritocracy to me. It feels Silicon Valley is building an inner circle where they only invest in each other. Techcrunch seems part of it avoiding back-linking and SEO gains for Estonian based Starship Technologies.
Is this article just content marketing to publicize Amazon and Dispatch?
So Amazon kinda lied when they said it was built with in house technology.
If they bought the smaller company together with its IP, employees, and patent, that all becomes 'in house', doesn't it?
amazon's "house" is slang for "wareHOUSE full of startups amazon bought for an aggregate purchase price of $204 million to acquire technologies and know-how to enable Amazon to serve customers more effectively"