‘A federal judge sentenced a former scouting director of the St. Louis Cardinals to nearly four years in prison’
We have to ask, how can it be that one can get jail time for stealing a competitor’s business information, but if you steal their property, such as an invention, there are no criminal penalties and seldom any civil? Isn’t hat the same as saying you can’t copy from a classmate’s exam, but it’s fine if you steal his paper and turn it in with your name on it. Huh?!!!!
But that’s exactly what routinely happens now in our courts and with our laws because when our large competitors steal our inventions, inventors and small entities can seldom do anything about it. Invention thieves have little threat of civil, and certainly no threat of criminal penalties.
According to published reports criminal penalties for theft of business information was driven by the large tech companies -the same industry where members routinely, blatantly and repeatedly steal the inventions of their small competitors, then lobby Congress, the White House and the courts to legalize that theft. If it is a crime to steal a competitor’s business information, how can it not be a crime to steal their inventions which most often has far more value and does far greater damage to the victim? Those in tech who balk at this proposal only expose their hypocrisy, deceit, treachery and inequity. Are they the biggest crooks on the planet?
Justice in America has been turned on its head. America desperately needs REAL patent reform, including criminal penalties for theft of inventions.
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