A different topic: Patents

Everyone is writing about Baltimore. I had my rant on the subject yesterday. My topic today is different—our federal patent system. I have a number of patents, seven if I include the spin-offs (sometimes two patents are received for a single submission.)

A Congressman is trying to upset that patent applecart. He thinks it’s too easy for “patent trolls” to sue patent holders. He’s wrong. An article about this Congressman’s efforts appeared today in the Washington Times.

Feds own thousands of patents that could be affected by legislation

Support for bill from China gives opponents ammunition

– The Washington Times – Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The U.S. government’s ownership of tens of thousands of patents has thrown an unexpected wrinkle into a congressional effort to alter the system that governs American inventions.

The Innovation Act, being shepherded through the House by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, was designed to reorganize the patenting process to address concerns about frivolous lawsuits filed by so-called patent trolls.

Republican leaders hoped the bill would breeze through the chamber like similar legislation in the last Congress. The bill had four hearings in the Judiciary Committee since January and was being fast-tracked for a floor vote by Republican leaders in hopes of getting it to the Senate, where it faces a less-certain future.

But the measure has met larger-than-expected resistance from small inventors, lawyers, universities and some conservative activists, including expected Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina. Critics have argued that the bill would create a “big government” solution that could weaken patent protections envisioned by the Founding Fathers in the U.S. Constitution, tipping the system in favor of big corporations and hurting small inventors.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California has been leading an effort within the House Republican ranks to slow down the legislation. He and others have been focusing on a concern they believe the authors of the legislation have not considered: potential financial and liability implications for the U.S. government.

Federal agencies have held tens of thousands of patents over the decades, including the Ebola virus, medical marijuana and space and military equipment. A 2008 study by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office identified at least 47,220 patents owned by federal entities, about 1 percent of all patents issued. Last year, federal agencies sought 1,024 patents.

The legislation attempts to discourage lawsuits by patent trolls by shifting the burden of litigation fees to the losing party in a legal dispute. Mr. Rohrabacher and others want to determine how shifting fees could impact taxpayers because the government holds so many patents.

“The federal government holds a tremendous number of patents and licenses them for use. The hastily crafted ‘Innovation Act’ includes provisions that put licensees and the federal government itself at tremendous financial risk and disadvantages small inventors in the courtroom by putting them up against slick corporate legal teams,” Mr. Rohrabacher told The Washington Times.

He said the proposed law was “the worst case of crony capitalism I’ve witnessed in my 3 decades in Washington.”

Mr. Goodlatte’s office did not respond to a request for comment on the concerns about federally owned patents, though a spokeswoman said he didn’t think it would pose a problem for the legislation.

You can read the entire 3-page column here.

My patents are owned by Sprint-Nextel. I had to assign any patents I created to Sprint as a condition of employment. I have no objection to that condition, it was and is a common practice in industry. There are some limits on the employer. The work on the patent has to be done on company time, using company resources, and related to the job. I met all thise conditions.

I did get paid for those patents. Sprint paid, if I recall correctly, $1500 for each patent that was approved by the US Patent Office. I shared some of the credit on a few of the patents with others. The remainder are all mine.

A university professor filed a patent on the same subject and method as mine. Unfortunately for him, my patent had been filed and approved when he filed for his. Short story, he sued for infringement and lost.

But that small fact didn’t prevent him from trying to sell his product under his ‘patent pending’ claim. In fact he tried to become a direct competitor against Sprint in some endeavors. Sprint could have asked for an injunction against the professor and would have likely received one easily, the facts were not refutable.

However, Sprint did not. I was told by Sprint’s patent attorneys, it would not provide Sprint with good publicity—Big Company picking on a Little Guy. Nor, according to Sprint’s business analysts, was the professor well funded and would soon go out of business. That projection turned out to be accurate. The professor had a monstrous ego but zero business sense.

If Congressman Goodlatte’s bill is passed, the professor would have been cut off completely. frivolous or not, he could not have easily sued Sprint and possibly have suffered large legal expenses. The bill is really a club for foreign governments who steal techniques and technology from American companies and individuals with impunity. As the article above says, it nothing more than an exercise in crony capitalism.

Small companies and individual innovators need a method to protect their intellectual properties. This bill would damage that ability if not completely destroy it.

It’s time to, once again, remind ourselves what is happening in Washington. It is not a two party system. It is the entrenched establishment of both parties acting with a common goal: retaining power while supporting themselves and their sycophants.

Fascism: Fascism (/fæʃɪzəm/) is a form of radical authoritarian nationalism[1][2] that came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe. Influenced by national syndicalism, fascism originated in Italy during World War I, combining more typically right-wing positions with elements of left-wing politics,[3] in opposition to liberalism, Marxism, and traditional conservatism. Fascism is often placed on the far-right within the traditional left–right spectrum, but several academics have said that the description is inadequate.[4][5] — wiki.

For more information on the economy of Fascism, go here. Fascism evolved not by right-wing theories but from national syndicalism. We call that system, crony capitalism, today. It’s not always practiced by a dictator.

The Republic is Dead. R.I.P (1787-2009)



BREAKING NEWS: Union thugs from the SEIU union attack protesters at democrat Russ Carnahan’s town hall meeting. Story
here
. Link to video of attack here.

***

Now that we’re in the summer Congressional recess, it should be a time for our Representatives and Senators to return to their home districts and meet the voters. Congressmen listening to the voices of those they represent—to understand how the PEOPLE want them to vote, congressmen representing the will of the people. That is how a republic works.

We now have a one-party government. Our congressmen no longer represent the voters, but toe the Party Line. Like lap dogs. True, there are some congressmen who say they belong to the Republican Party. But, when they roll-over and vote the democrat party line, as did Kit Bond (R-MO), Lindsay Graham (R-SC?), Olympia Snow (R-ME) and others, they are Republicans In Name Only. RINOs. The reality is that we have one-party rule, just like the former Soviet Union, like Cuba, like Communist China, like North Korea, like so many other dictatorships.

The U. S. House recessed last week and the representatives came home to their districts. They did not like the angry reception they received when they met their constituents. YouTube has video of some of these meetings like the one with Arlen Specter (D-PA) and Kathleen Sebilius (Sect’y of HHS). The democrats expected the usual carefully orchestrated meetings of party faithful whose blind adherence to the party line would be publicized to show how the “people” supported their congressmen.

That didn’t happen. Voters appeared. Normal, every day voters. Many had never attended a town hall meeting before. Some were democrats, some republicans, some independents. And they were all angry. No, that is too mild a term, they were enraged!

How could this happen? Where were the party faithful? Where were the kool-aid drinking supporters?

They were there. They wanted to be heard. For the first time in decades, the people began to take stock in the consequences of the last election and were horrified by what was happening—the beginnings of the slide into Socialism, Marxism, into a one-party dictatorship. A dictatorship deaf to the voice of the people.

When the angry receptions began to be known and publicized. What happened?

The White House issued a call for ACORN and union thugs to attend to silence the voice of the people. When retirees tried to meet with their California Senators, the police were called to arrest and evict those petitioners.

At various meetings, democrat thugs started pushing and shouting matches. News reports this morning report several incidents with arrests and injuries. At a rally by Russ Carnahan (D-MO) last night in St. Louis, thugs from the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) were allowed to enter via a side-door, according to witnesses, and were seated in a reserved section. Carnahan answered only three prepared questions and refused to answer any questions from the floor. At some point thereafter, SEIU thugs attacked a black conservative voter. He was taken to the emergency room with head, arm and other injuries. Later reports say he will be hospitalized for several days. This is a breaking story. For more details see the report by the St Louis Post-Dispatch. Photo above is from the Carnahan meeting.

Other congressmen canceled meetings or like my representative Emmanuel Cleaver, changed the plan to conference calls, but the listeners were greeted by a canned infomercial without the ability to ask questions. Others just announced they were voting the party line and said they’d ignore any contrary voices.

Even AARP is getting an earful after their rubber-stamp of the democrat healthcare plan. AARP organized a “listening” tour and when they met with some of their members, tried to lie about AARP’s support of ObamaCare. Finally, after being called on that lie, the AARP representative walked out.

Our congressmen are not listening. We no longer have representative government but a government of one-party state socialism. The definition of fascism as defined by Answers.com is:

Fascism: n.

  1. often Fascism
    1. A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.
    2. A political philosophy or movement based on or advocating such a system of government.
  2. Oppressive, dictatorial control.

The democrat party now views the people of the United States as their enemy. They call those who are against their policies at mob, as right-wing extremist, as paid protesters. Obama has called for people to report anyone they hear speaking against democrat policies and has created an “enemies” list and a website where their spies can inform on their neighbors. The Unions have said they are calling out their paid thugs to intimidate opposition. All in support of our one-party controlled government. Union thugs to block dissent and acting against the voice of the people.

There is a growing momentum against this one-party rule of the democrats. If those currently in power do not listen. If they ignore the voices of the people, there will be a revolt. If all goes well, that revolt will be expressed in the next election. If a fair election is allowed to happen.

If there is another farce, such as the election of Al Franken, now Senator from Minnesota, that electoral revolt will have much fewer alternatives.

We do not want to go there.

Support representative government, support our republic, confront the ACORN and union thugs. Speak your piece to your congressmen. If they try to block access, resist. If they ignore you, remember come election time. Be they democrat, independent or republican, if they ignore you, VOTE THEM OUT.

And always remember, why there is a 2nd Amendment to our Constitution.

The Republic is Dead. R.I.P (1787-2009)



BREAKING NEWS: Union thugs from the SEIU union attack protesters at democrat Russ Carnahan’s town hall meeting. Story
here
. Link to video of attack here.

***

Now that we’re in the summer Congressional recess, it should be a time for our Representatives and Senators to return to their home districts and meet the voters. Congressmen listening to the voices of those they represent—to understand how the PEOPLE want them to vote, congressmen representing the will of the people. That is how a republic works.

We now have a one-party government. Our congressmen no longer represent the voters, but toe the Party Line. Like lap dogs. True, there are some congressmen who say they belong to the Republican Party. But, when they roll-over and vote the democrat party line, as did Kit Bond (R-MO), Lindsay Graham (R-SC?), Olympia Snow (R-ME) and others, they are Republicans In Name Only. RINOs. The reality is that we have one-party rule, just like the former Soviet Union, like Cuba, like Communist China, like North Korea, like so many other dictatorships.

The U. S. House recessed last week and the representatives came home to their districts. They did not like the angry reception they received when they met their constituents. YouTube has video of some of these meetings like the one with Arlen Specter (D-PA) and Kathleen Sebilius (Sect’y of HHS). The democrats expected the usual carefully orchestrated meetings of party faithful whose blind adherence to the party line would be publicized to show how the “people” supported their congressmen.

That didn’t happen. Voters appeared. Normal, every day voters. Many had never attended a town hall meeting before. Some were democrats, some republicans, some independents. And they were all angry. No, that is too mild a term, they were enraged!

How could this happen? Where were the party faithful? Where were the kool-aid drinking supporters?

They were there. They wanted to be heard. For the first time in decades, the people began to take stock in the consequences of the last election and were horrified by what was happening—the beginnings of the slide into Socialism, Marxism, into a one-party dictatorship. A dictatorship deaf to the voice of the people.

When the angry receptions began to be known and publicized. What happened?

The White House issued a call for ACORN and union thugs to attend to silence the voice of the people. When retirees tried to meet with their California Senators, the police were called to arrest and evict those petitioners.

At various meetings, democrat thugs started pushing and shouting matches. News reports this morning report several incidents with arrests and injuries. At a rally by Russ Carnahan (D-MO) last night in St. Louis, thugs from the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) were allowed to enter via a side-door, according to witnesses, and were seated in a reserved section. Carnahan answered only three prepared questions and refused to answer any questions from the floor. At some point thereafter, SEIU thugs attacked a black conservative voter. He was taken to the emergency room with head, arm and other injuries. Later reports say he will be hospitalized for several days. This is a breaking story. For more details see the report by the St Louis Post-Dispatch. Photo above is from the Carnahan meeting.

Other congressmen canceled meetings or like my representative Emmanuel Cleaver, changed the plan to conference calls, but the listeners were greeted by a canned infomercial without the ability to ask questions. Others just announced they were voting the party line and said they’d ignore any contrary voices.

Even AARP is getting an earful after their rubber-stamp of the democrat healthcare plan. AARP organized a “listening” tour and when they met with some of their members, tried to lie about AARP’s support of ObamaCare. Finally, after being called on that lie, the AARP representative walked out.

Our congressmen are not listening. We no longer have representative government but a government of one-party state socialism. The definition of fascism as defined by Answers.com is:

Fascism: n.

  1. often Fascism
    1. A system of government marked by centralization of authority under a dictator, stringent socioeconomic controls, suppression of the opposition through terror and censorship, and typically a policy of belligerent nationalism and racism.
    2. A political philosophy or movement based on or advocating such a system of government.
  2. Oppressive, dictatorial control.

The democrat party now views the people of the United States as their enemy. They call those who are against their policies at mob, as right-wing extremist, as paid protesters. Obama has called for people to report anyone they hear speaking against democrat policies and has created an “enemies” list and a website where their spies can inform on their neighbors. The Unions have said they are calling out their paid thugs to intimidate opposition. All in support of our one-party controlled government. Union thugs to block dissent and acting against the voice of the people.

There is a growing momentum against this one-party rule of the democrats. If those currently in power do not listen. If they ignore the voices of the people, there will be a revolt. If all goes well, that revolt will be expressed in the next election. If a fair election is allowed to happen.

If there is another farce, such as the election of Al Franken, now Senator from Minnesota, that electoral revolt will have much fewer alternatives.

We do not want to go there.

Support representative government, support our republic, confront the ACORN and union thugs. Speak your piece to your congressmen. If they try to block access, resist. If they ignore you, remember come election time. Be they democrat, independent or republican, if they ignore you, VOTE THEM OUT.

And always remember, why there is a 2nd Amendment to our Constitution.