Congress takes up major change in patent law

Feb 28, 2011 Full story: Fort Worth Star-Telegram 21

The patent system hasn't changed much since 1952 when Sony was coming out with its first pocket-size transistor radio, and bar codes and Mr.

Full Story
First Prev
of 2
Next Last

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Columbia, MD

#1 Feb 28, 2011
The most sweeping, and controversial, change is the transition from a first-to-invent application system to a first-to-file system that is used by every other industrialized nation, but has been opposed by independent inventors. It comes with an enhanced grace period to protect inventors who publicly disclose their inventions before seeking patents.

Companies or individuals seeking patents in multiple countries are confronted by a different set of rules in this country, said Bill Mashek of Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform, a group that represents big companies like General Electric, Pfizer and 3M. "It puts us at a disadvantage globally."

The bill would create a nine-month "first window" post-grant procedure to allow challenges to patents that should not have been issued and to cut down on litigation and harassment of patent owners by improving the review system for challenges. It provides more certainty to damage calculations.

Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/02/28/28817...

I see Big Business is behind it. Interesting...

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Columbia, MD

#2 Feb 28, 2011
It also gives the patent office authority to set its own fees at a level that will give it enough funds to reduce its backlog of applications.

It requires that smaller businesses continue to get a 50 percent reduction in fees and creates a new "micro-entity" class - with a 75 percent reduction - for independent inventors who have not been named on five or more previously filed applications and have gross incomes not exceeding 2.5 times the average. The standard fee for filing a patent is now $1,090, with additional maintenance fees over the life of the patent.

Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/02/28/28817...

Ah! MO Money! I knew it had to be about Mo Money.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Columbia, MD

#3 Feb 28, 2011
Leahy's office lists a diverse group of supporters, including major drug companies, IBM, the AFL-CIO, the Association of American Universities, Caterpillar and USPIRG.

Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/02/28/28817...

Nice Lobbying Group there, eh. Guess who got a lions share of the Money? Hmmmmmmmm.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Columbia, MD

#4 Feb 28, 2011
I smell a Rat when Big Business lines up to raise fees and hopefully scare people away because of initial cost.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Columbia, MD

#5 Feb 28, 2011
"When we started these efforts many years ago, we faced a grim landscape where patent lawsuits threatened to stifle the pace of innovation and shut down our factories," David Simon, associate general counsel for Intel Corp., told the House Judiciary Committee. "Today, the scenario has changed drastically."

Testifying in February on behalf of the Coalition for Patent Fairness, a group of high-tech companies, Simon credited the change to Supreme Court and other federal court rulings dealing with such practices as venue shopping where litigants sued in courts known for handing out large damage awards.

Simon's coalition, however, has not endorsed the Senate bill. In a statement, it said the bill still needs to do more "to lessen the growing burden of abusive and unjustified patent infringement claims."

Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/02/28/28817...

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Columbia, MD

#6 Feb 28, 2011
A group of nine organizations representing small businesses, start-ups and independent inventors was more forthright in its opposition, saying in a letter to senators that the first-to-file system would have "unique adverse effects" on its constituents.

"The bill favors multinational and foreign firms over start-up firms seeking an initial foothold in U.S. domestic markets, and favors market incumbents over new entrants with disruptive new technologies," said the letter signed by groups such as American Innovators for Patent Reform and the U.S. Business and Industry Council.

Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/02/28/28817...

This is a lot like Obama faux "Net Neutrality" scam. Protect the Googles of the world from future competition by changing the rules to make it difficult if not impossible to follow the same unimpeded course.
chinasucs

United States

#7 Feb 28, 2011
What patents, check the facts china owns most of them now. Because of a sell out the country traitor government

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Columbia, MD

#8 Feb 28, 2011
White House meets lobbyists off campus

By CHRIS FRATES
2/24/11

Caught between their boss’ anti-lobbyist rhetoric and the reality of governing, President Barack Obama’s aides often steer meetings with lobbyists to a complex just off the White House grounds — and several of the lobbyists involved say they believe the choice of venue is no accident.

It allows the Obama administration to keep these lobbyist meetings shielded from public view — and out of Secret Service logs kept on visitors to the White House and later released to the public.

“They’re doing it on the side. It’s better than nothing,” said immigration reform lobbyist Tamar Jacoby, who has attended meetings at the nearby Jackson Place complex and believes the undisclosed gatherings are better than none.

The White House scoffs at the notion of an ulterior motive for scheduling meetings in what are, after all, meeting rooms. But at least four lobbyists who’ve been to the conference rooms just off Lafayette Square tell POLITICO they had the distinct impression they were being shunted off to Jackson Place — and off the books — so their visits wouldn’t later be made public.

Obama’s administration has touted its release of White House visitors logs as a breakthrough in transparency, as the first White House team to reveal the comings and goings around the West Wing and the Old Executive Office Building.

The Jackson Place townhouses are a different story.

There are no records of meetings at the row houses just off Lafayette Square that house the White House Conference Center and the Council on Environmental Quality, home to two of the busiest meeting spaces. The White House can’t say who attended meetings there, or how often. The Secret Service doesn’t log in visitors or require a background check the way it does at the main gates of the White House.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0211/500...

Typical SCUMBAG Obama Hiding more rotten Lobbyist deals.

Since: Feb 09

Louisville, KY

#9 Feb 28, 2011
I've got an invention in mind, but last time I talked to a patent rep, they scared me off. Three months later, I saw my idea in a catalog. When this reform bears fruit, my next idea will be processed, by me.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Columbia, MD

#10 Feb 28, 2011
justagi wrote:
I've got an invention in mind, but last time I talked to a patent rep, they scared me off. Three months later, I saw my idea in a catalog. When this reform bears fruit, my next idea will be processed, by me.
This legislation is designed to scare more people off. That's why Big Business is pushing it.
Tony

Tampa, FL

#11 Feb 28, 2011
The american leadership of congress and the president is a total disgrace to the idea of leadership....

I can not find even one small reason to have any respect for the american government as a group or as individuals.
Bob

San Francisco, CA

#12 Feb 28, 2011
At this point it takes longer to get a patent than it does to launch a product. Many Tech companies do not bother to file patents anymore.
YouHelpFixIt

Scottsdale, AZ

#13 Feb 28, 2011
Shouldn't they be working on the budget?
LOL

Tampa, FL

#14 Feb 28, 2011
YouHelpFixIt wrote:
Shouldn't they be working on the budget?
Yep...along with the economy, jobs, high unemployment, 2 wars, growing poverty in the USA, growing homeless population.....

the leadership in america has allowed all these promblems to back up like a log jam.....

while more major problems are heading straight for the mass of problems......

but, what the hey.....congress will get back to work this week after taking a week off for a one day holiday......

Since: Jun 09

Saint Louis, MO

#15 Feb 28, 2011
The laughing liberal wrote:
OFF-TOPIC ARTICLES
Maybe you should look into how to post a new thread. That way, your off-topic article links won't clog up other discussions.

“Ignorantia valde pestifera.”

Since: Jan 09

Harding Township, NJ

#16 Feb 28, 2011
Exactly how many JOBS, JOBS, JOBS will changing the patent law create?
YouHelpFixIt

Scottsdale, AZ

#17 Feb 28, 2011
GunnySteve wrote:
Exactly how many JOBS, JOBS, JOBS will changing the patent law create?
Probably none, I have no idea why the Democrat controlled Senate is bothering with this nonsense instead of working on a budget.

Looks like the Republican controlled House are also busy with other things instead of working on the budget. Todays delay tactics include:
Securing Aircraft Cockpits Against Lasers Act
Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act
Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act

You just know they are going to let the budget expire and them procede to point fingers at each other why nothing was done.

Since: Feb 09

Louisville, KY

#18 Feb 28, 2011
YouHelpFixIt wrote:
<quoted text>
Probably none, I have no idea why the Democrat controlled Senate is bothering with this nonsense instead of working on a budget.
Looks like the Republican controlled House are also busy with other things instead of working on the budget. Todays delay tactics include:
Securing Aircraft Cockpits Against Lasers Act
Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act
Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act
You just know they are going to let the budget expire and them procede to point fingers at each other why nothing was done.
I have a theory- take all the freshmen Congressmen, load them into committees that have NOTHING to do with the budget and let 'em fix their lit-tle problems. Meanwhile, the experienced "old school" Congressmen will carry on, business as usual.
YouHelpFixIt

Scottsdale, AZ

#19 Feb 28, 2011
justagi wrote:
<quoted text>I have a theory- take all the freshmen Congressmen, load them into committees that have NOTHING to do with the budget and let 'em fix their lit-tle problems. Meanwhile, the experienced "old school" Congressmen will carry on, business as usual.
Thats what they do now. It's the senior leadership that is the problem.

Sen. Schumer sponsored the Patent law bill and allowed it to come out of the comittee he chairs, and Sen. Reid allowed it to come to the floor.

I'm sure that the Republican leadership are wasting time the same way.

Perhaps the freshmen could better!
Deng

Nanjing, China

#20 Feb 28, 2011
IT LOOKS LIKE ANOTHER RUBBER-STAMP CHANGE BY THE CORPORATE-STATE GOVERNMENT IN THE UNITED STATES THAT LIMITS AND ATTACKS INDIVIDUAL INITIATIVE AND FREEDOMS.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker
First Prev
of 2
Next Last

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Patent / Trademark Law Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
Innovation Direct to Spearhead Licensing Campai... Mon William Roarty 1
Levittown Orthodontist Secures Patent for Devic... Dec 16 Gerald Vonberger 1
Why we need Patent Attorney? (Nov '13) Dec 14 danneilhunk 3
Groupon in trademark fight Nov 26 ChandraPeers 4
question about the trademark Interact Nov '14 Mark 1
Del. Norton Introduces Bill to Strip NFL of Tax... Nov '14 RayOne 1
Similar Trademarks (Jul '13) Nov '14 ChandraPeers 2
More from around the web