I think it will be positive. We know our ministers and can talk to them (we do). Scotland has always ranked higher in the Internet privacy ratings than the rest of the UK. It has a tendency to not want to go to war and is less likely to be pulled into such things as it is now. It will have a government it decides on, which is very important.
In terms of the people, then they do tend to be more socialist (but not extreme) in their approach to voting, so perhaps more focus on the poor. As long as this does not mean a huge public sector and engaging business then it should be good.
Immigration is important to Scotland and as a country it has a diametrically opposed opinion on this, compared with Westminster. We want to increase the population and have young experienced workers in place to balance the economy. So it will be more open as a country to immigration and increasing the skill base.
As for patents etc. they are mostly covered in international law (we may not have a Scottish patent, but thats unlikely to matter or happen).
For a business like MaidSafe I feel the outcome will be positive, if nothing else it will allow us to get direct access to the powers that be and I know we can talk to them bluntly (I do very much). They support us already and have recognised MaidSafe could be a very important feature of a modern Scotland. So all in all a good thing for us. To be further away from GCHQ And the 5 eyes group and all these emergency snooping laws etc. will do us no harm either.
Apart from all that my family drained their veins on that bloody moor on 16th April 1745 (not against the English, but against those in ‘power’ in Scotland and England) to keep Scotland free and I owe them at least to do as much as I can to make it great and get its children out of poverty and into prosperity. I feel that is easier than MaidSafe so we should be good.