Our imploding nation is imploding for a million different reasons. All of them man-made. Most of them from government - many of them intentional.
One of the brutal body blows delivered by DC was 2011’s woefully misnamed “America Invents Act.”
How the America Invents Act Harmed Inventors:
“The America Invents Act (AIA) was the single worst disaster in the 226 year history of the U.S. patent system. The AIA did very real damage – enough to put many inventors out of business and discourage many others….
“Prior to the AIA, a patent was a highly valuable asset capable of attracting capital to startup new technology companies. The deck was rearranged by the AIA to radically favor infringers to the point that today, a patent is a liability. Both inventors and investors now associate a patent with high cost and high risk of even higher cost.”
Inventor and entrepreneur Elon Musk crystallizes the idiotic post-AIA dystopia:
“When I was first starting out developing technology I got lots of patents. And I thought this was a good thing. And then I sort of discovered that a patent was like buying a ticket to a lawsuit.”
Now, we aren’t mind readers. But why do we think the awfulnesses of the AIA was intentional?:
“Of course, it was a great new law for the large multinational corporations who pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into Washington D.C. in the form of political contributions and funding for a massive public relations campaign centered on a patent troll villain.”
DC’s AIA-sell-out of the US was bipartisan. Because of course. Cue George Carlin:
“The word bipartisan usually means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out.”
DC’s AIA was predicated in very large part upon the aforementioned “patent troll” lie. What’s a “patent troll?
“What exactly is a ‘patent troll?’ He or she is someone who owns a patent – which is private property. And is trying to protect their private property from unauthorized use by someone who doesn’t want to pay to use it.
“Is someone who owns a house and calls the police to roust squatters a ‘property troll?’ Is someone who reports their car stolen an ‘automobile troll?’”
“‘So-called “patent trolls” - entities that don’t actually make or sell anything but that instead buy patent licenses merely to extort settlements….’
“This is…just dumb. A patent is the inventor’s private property - to do with whatever he wishes.
“Up to and including…selling it to someone else.
“Who then enforces it - exactly as the inventor his own self would have. I.e. get paid for the use of their private property. Not ‘extort settlements.’
“Enterprise Rent-A-Car doesn’t make the cars they rent to us. They buy them from…the inventors. (A car being a rolling pile of patents, after all.)
“Enterprise isn’t a ‘car troll’ ‘extorting settlements from us renters. They’re a legitimate business engaged in a legitimate business - which has made our lives and the lives of car makers easier and better.”
“Patent troll” - is yet another US-destroying lie. Repeated incessantly in service of the AIA’s broader lie - told to undermine the US patent system.
Well, in August - we were delivered a glimmer of DC legislative hope.…
“‘Tillis, Leahy Introduce Legislation Mandating Reports, USPTO Improvements on Patent Quality:
“‘Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) today announced the introduction of the “Patent Examination and Quality Improvement Act of 2022," which is aimed at “evaluat[ing] and improv[ing] the patent examination process and the overall quality of patents issued by the USPTO….”’
“‘The decades-long patent quality debate has been confusing at best, with some arguing that the term has been leveraged as a way of undermining U.S. patents to the advantage of Big Tech companies and China.’”
And now - we are being delivered another glimmer….
Coons Announces He Will Co-Sponsor Tillis’ Patent Eligibility Restoration Act:
“Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) announced that he has come on as a co-sponsor of the Patent Eligibility Restoration Act of 2022.
“Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the first draft of his bill in August, but had no co-sponsors at the time, which caused some to question the chances of the bill passing anytime soon.
“But tonight, Coons said he is happy to be a co-sponsor and both Coons and Tillis seemed optimistic about the prospects for intellectual property legislation in the next congress - no matter which of them ends up as Chair.”
Oh look - DC bipartisanship. And not the America Invents Act-George Carlin kind.
This DC bipartisanship - and this bill - would actually improve things.
How pleasant - and highly unusual.