Congress is expected to pass the America Invents Act in September − much to the dismay of individual inventors, universities and small business owners across the country. Critics say the bill does nothing to actually help promote innovation, and might actually hinder it. How will the new law affect businesses and other entities that are already struggling in a sluggish economy?
The America Invents Act, if and when it becomes law, will impose some major changes on the patent system. AIPR's Alexander Poltorak and several other patent experts offered analysis of those changes - and advice about how to deal with them - in a recent Entrepreneur Magazine article posted on BusinessInsider.com ("How To Protect The Rights To Your Invention In The Wake Of Major Law Changes," Entrepreneur Magazine, August 2011).
Inventors May Avoid Patents and Opt for Trade Secret Protection in Response, Advocacy Group Says
New York, N.Y. − June 24, 2011 − Passage by the House of Representatives of the so called "America Invents Act" (H.R. 1249) is a setback for inventors according to American Innovators for Patent Reform (AIPR), an advocacy group for inventors and other stakeholders opposed to the legislation.
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Radio host and Fox News commentator Glenn Beck weighs in on the America Invents Act.
In a recent letter to House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor from the House Appropriations Committee and its Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science, both the committee’s and subcommittee’s chairs and ranking members expressed opposition to H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act. Their opposition is to the establishment of a “United States Patent and Trademark Office Public Enterprise Fund” that would permit the agency to keep and spend all user fees that it collects.
Budget Restrictions at the Patent Office Create a Tax on Innovation and Present a Serious Set-Back for American Innovation and Global Competitiveness!
The Patent Prospector blog posted an in-depth opinion piece on the America Invents Act (America Invents But Congress Perverts, April 20, 2011).
The article discusses in detail the many ways that the America Invents Act would do more damage to an economy that is already struggling to recover.
In "Watson, the PTO Needs You" (GenEngNews.com, April 1, 2011), IP expert Gerry Elman discusses the advances being made in artificial intelligence - mentioning, specifically, the IBM computer named Watson that recently beat human Jeopardy! champions at that quiz game - and speculates about whether this sort of automation might be the key to solving the U.S. Patent Office's patent application backlog.