Even if your stuff is patented that won't stop someone in a remote country that the US has no legal access to copying it right away. Plus: you have to maintain surveillance on people stealing your ideas.
Three things that help, are:
– complexity (e.g. technological complexity)
– speed (e.g. scaling/growth speed for market penetration)
– good lawyers (that watch the market and immediately shut the door on copycats if possible)
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