’empty office space’
Unfortunately, that is largely what inventors and small entities have been reduced to as a result of legislative and judicial changes to the patent system since the 2006 eBay SCOTUS decision. We no longer have a fair chance to commercialize our inventions. When we have to fight to get or keep our patents we go out of business, or end up as a shell of what we hoped to become. Patents are simply too hard, expensive and slow to get and enforce. Infringers (thieves) -especially large multinationals, are mostly able to take what they want without being held accountable. For years now these property raiders have been plundering their small competitors, taking everything they can carry off. Is there any rule of law left? Will property once again be respected and protected by the federal government?
It’s interesting that a franchising company that essentially only has to offer a trade name and business plan chooses to attack a small business that at least has a business based on a technology. We wonder how Culvers would feel if a competitor used their name and copied their business plan and began operating in their markets? Hypocritical, no? If Culvers didn’t regard the technology in question as being useful, they wouldn’t be USING it. Yet they claim a patent should never have issued for it. Are they suggesting the government issue patents only for inventions that are NOT useful??
Curiously, some in Congress continue the charade of parading infringers before committees while completely disregarding inventors -always the thieves and never the truly ‘disenfranchised’. Hmmm. And why do they continue to align themselves with thieves and their stolen property?
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