Where Is the Patent Reform We Were Promised?

As the coordinator for a think tank which happens to operate online, I am constantly talking to innovators, inventors, and creative geniuses about their ideas and latest new concepts. Now then, I will admit some of these concepts are absolutely ridiculous, and completely laughable, but others do make a lot of sense, and some of them might even change the way we live. Often they solve the problem in our society or civilization, or they make a business more efficient, or make our lives little easier.

They say that; "necessity is the mother of invention," and there is probably a good amount of truth to that, at least from my own observations and experiences. And every time we seem to have a problem, someone comes along with a solution, and an invention or innovation to go along with it. However, before they can take their invention to the marketplace, they have to go and get a patent. It's amazing how much it costs to get an actual patent filed, to do the patent search, to fill out all the paperwork, and then you have to wait.

We hear a lot in our society about "winning the future" and all of that seems to strike a chord with America, we are saying yes, we want to progress mankind, we want our nation to be on the leading edge as we enter the future, and we want our innovators, entrepreneurs, and inventors to go out there and get it done. Yes, that's a noble calling, and I believe that Americans are willing to answer that call. But it's just ludicrous, and insane for us to make them jump through so many hoops, and to come up with thousands of dollars to file a patent, that money could be used designing their first prototype in their garage.

It sees our society is busy crushing small business entrepreneur, and participating in crony capitalism for free political war chest credits through large corporate lobbyists. We are doing everything in the world to crush the little guy, and then we are asking that middle class, those producers to pay more in taxes. Are you kidding me? Not surprisingly! We are led to believe that that's the way to move our nation forward. I would say to you America – that it's not.

Last month I read a very interesting article in the LA times, in the small business section on July 11, 2011. The article was titled; "Patent Bill Creates Worry for Independent Inventors – US Legislation Would Alter the System to Paper Those First to File Ideas," by Cynthia's Zwhalen. The article noted that the average patent took 33.9 months to attain, and that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has a backlog as of May 2011 of 703,000, 175.

Those statistics are quite scary, even more scary than the cost to file a concept patent, by the time you get done with the drawings, the patent search, the patent attorneys, and the filing fees – basically, you're easily looking at between 15,000 to 25,000 dollars. Without a patent someone will just rip you off, steal your idea, and mass produce it in China and then sell it all over the world. It does not make sense to participate in a game that is rigged.

Worse, we have a terrible problem with intellectual property being stolen from Americans. And if we are to win the future, we need to protect ourselves, and we need a little bit of tea, and a little help from the federal government to go out there and help us. Once you file a patent, it does not mean anything, you still have to defend yourself, and hire lawyers to go after anyone who tries to rip it off, which costs a lot more than filing a patent.

Not to mention the reality that if a Corporation has somehow violated your patent, they could run you out of money, because they have in-house lawyers, until you finally have to give up. That just adds insult to injury to the nearly 3 years it took to get your patent, and all the cost you've already put up front. The world needs these inventions and innovations now, not just for alternative energy, new transportation devices, and better products and services that are safer for the environment, but we also need that so businesses can get started, and start hiring Americans, and get people back to work.

The federal government says it's working on the problem, and maybe it thinks it is, but when I look back and scan the last decade, all I see are all the problems that have been created with an awful bureaucracy which has gotten us to this point, rather than put us in the driver's seat, in the first place. I would submit to you that everything all of these gentlemen are doing to fix the problem, is not working, and we would have been better off without any of it, we should have saved the money. Please consider all this and think on it.

Source by Lance Winslow

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