27 Sep 1986 18:07-PDT
The only thing I can suggest is make your product better than the
rest on the market. And be prepared to support it in a timely
manner to your customers. You are correct, Universities do
produce lots of "cheap" software, but it is usually a one time
deal done as part of a thesis. The exceptions being projects
funded by the gov't agencies.
In the US at least, you can't patent a software product, but you
can protect it as a trade secret. I think you can also patent an
algorithm (for ex the RSA encryption algorithm)
There are risks to any business, no guarantees.
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