The implications of the Honeywell-Nest lawsuit

The thermostat — a household gadget that never used to get much respect — is now grabbing the attention of the tech community because of a lawsuit filed last week by industry giant Honeywell (s HON) against Nest Labs, a Silicon Valley startup that has used its connection to Apple to cleverly promote its smart thermostat technology. The lawsuit has caused an intense debate on not only the merit of Honeywell’s claim but also the impact the legal fight might have on innovation in the smart thermostat space (will it stifle or protect it?). And, of course, the fate of Nest is now unclear.

We conducted a survey right after Honeywell announced the lawsuit on February 7 and asked GigaOM readers for their views on what will likely be a nasty legal tussle between the two companies. Now, we’ve published the findings of that survey (subscription required), which delves into what readers think will be the outcome of the lawsuit, how the lawsuit will affect the industry, and what will happen to Nest. Two sneak peeks: readers think that Nest could be toast, and Honeywell is the new bully.

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