The Oyster

As told in Ben Franklin’s Poor Richard’s Almanac, circa 1730’s…

Two men were walking along a road. They happened upon an oyster and soon began arguing over which of them saw it first. They decided to take the dispute to court.

After a lengthy case and trial it was determined the first man would get one half of the shell and the second man the other. The lawyers would get what was in between for their fees.

Today for inventors, taking our patent disputes to the courts, especially SCOTUS and the CAFC, has become eerily similar. We get the shell and our infringing competitors and their attorneys get what was in the middle.

We can only conclude those courts hate us and property rights -at least ours.

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