Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A watershed event in US IP and innovation practice - Patent Office -- "First to File'' Bill (2011)

Little has been heard in the news and few individuals will be directly affected, but the Patent Office's changeover to "First To File Rule" is likely to have a profound effect on innovation, the process by which inventions find their way to market.

The rest of the world has been on the First To File (FTF) all along. Only the US has managed the granting of patents by the First To Invent (FTI) rule and the difference is profound.

As I have written elsewhere in this blog the FTI rule creates the poorly understood consequence of allowing an inventor to claim "prior art" against an issued patent and obtain a disallowance of the patent in whole or in part. For RIM (Research In Motion), makers of the Blackberry, it played out in a disastrous chain of events (details see Blackberry).


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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

FACT CHECK: Are rich taxed less than secretaries? | The Associated Press | News | Washington Examiner

Political expediency and demagoguery always tries to take voters for a ride with simplistic arguments phrased to sound commonsensical and outrageous at the same time. However, careful analysis of the data always exposes the trick for what it really is. We owe it to ourselves to know better when the facts are easily verified.
FACT CHECK: Are rich taxed less than secretaries? | The Associated Press | News | Washington Examiner:

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