Yesterday i asked a question to the patenting panel at Always On and got a response - what is cool is that it was from David Hayes, Partner, Intellectual Property Group, Fenwick & West . he has represented companies such as Apple, Cisco and Google so really knows his business.
I simple asked where companies based outside the US should consider patenting - US, China, India or UK (based in the UK).
The obvious answer was "depends on your market" - but as he said that everyone in the forum commented that most businesses these days are global.... just as he said it :) Good to know we're all on the same page.
His answer was US, China, India and Europe (i assume you can get a pan-european patent).
I wonder how soon until China comes at the start of that list?!