‘help was on the way…in the form of David Kappos’
Sure, for infringers.
Inventors have not forgotten the DK role in getting AIA passed. Inventors should forever be distrustful of anyone who promoted that bill. We preferred then and now in calling it what it truly was: The America Stops Inventing Act. Added to judicial decisions since 2006 starting with Ebay, together they have crushed inventors and small entities and driven our applications to quite possibly an all time low. According to a recent sample of the PTO web site only about 6% of issued patents are now filed by small entities, whereas historically they have ranged between 50-60% and been as high as 80%. The reason is simple: in the present American patent system it is too hard, expensive and slow for us to get and enforce patents to our inventions. When we have to fight to get or keep our patents we go out of business.
America doesn’t need another large infringer’s former employee running the PTO who only furthers their interests. What we need is a new director with close ties to inventors who has our trust as we are far more dependent on patents than our large infringers who can control their markets by their size alone. Otherwise, we get what we now have…patent office management that obstructs our obtaining and enforcing our patents. It’s time for more than another large infringer propaganda slogan like AIA which in the end destroys new jobs while exporting existing.
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