‘to promote the progress of science and useful arts’
Tragically, the American patent system has done the opposite since at least the eBay SCOTUS decision. It has been further severely weakened by AIA and a court system which inventors regard as openly hostile to us, as was the PTO.
To better illustrate the injustice of the system, one inventor filed a patent application in the late 90’s in the electronics field concerning cell phone technologies, including maps and other applications. A first patent issued in 3 years. Later in the 90’s other applications were filed concerning what today are referred to as social networking applications. It took 10 years for a patent to be issued on those applications. How can inventors and small businesses have any fair chance at ever commercializing their inventions when we have to wait that long to get our patents? We need patents to obtain funding, but we far too often go bankrupt before we get our patents. Meanwhile, our large multinational competitors take over those markets and thumb their noses at us knowing full well there is nothing we can do. So this is justice, American style?
Meanwhile, an IPR was filed on 2 of the patents. They survived.
The inventor then filed suit against 2 large competitor infringers in his state, but a SCOTUS decision forced the suit to the state of the large competitors. Two years later a defendant motion was granted on summary judgement declaring the patents invalid.
This is typical of the struggles and perils for inventors today with the present American patent system. For us the patent system is dead. It is a far better choice to buy a lottery ticket than to spend money or time on an invention for inventors and small businesses. That is why the small entity share of issued patents and filed application have collapsed to only about 10% of their historical shares. For us the patent system is now a sport of thieves -encouraging our large competitors to rob and crush us, which they readily and happily do.
We are excited about Director Iancu’s appointment and are very hopeful that PTO management is now in the hands of someone we can trust who will help us safeguard our rights and property, rather than deprive us of them as did prior directors.
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