White Paper: Crisis in American Innovation

How the Decline of the U.S. Patent System is Killing Creativity Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution states: The Congress shall have the Power . . . To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries. Our nation’s founders intended …

US Inventor Rally

US Inventor Rally – August 11, 2017 at USPTO in Alexandria, VA The United States Patent System is in critical condition. The last decade of court decisions, legislation, and management have left inventors without any real protection for their inventions. Many inventors are being denied patents, others are having their granted patents invalidated by the PTAB, and still others are …

Careful Vetting Required for IP Czar Nominee Vishal Amin

Vishal Amin, IP Czar Nominee As Senior Counsel of the House Judiciary Committee, Vishal Amin was an architect of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), the administrative tribunal that has destroyed thousands of patents, destabilized the U.S. patent system, and sent venture capital and countless technology startups to China. Where does he stand now? The Senate Must Vet Vishal …

Obama Holdovers Driving Trump Patent Policy

In his first speech to Congress, President Donald J. Trump finished strong, talking about how inventors can make the American economy great again. You might expect that from a branding pioneer. His billions are built on intellectual property; the Trump Organization owns hundreds of trademarks around the world. In fact, it’s a family legacy: his uncle John G. Trump‘s patented …

Sign our Petition – State of the Patent System and Required Legislation

State of the Patent System and Required Legislation Our U.S. patent system no longer encourages investment in new technologies. Patents are now liabilities for inventors. Our USPTO discourages the creation of new technologies by enabling big corporations to crush startups and inventors.   Congress must act to stop this damage to our economic engine and the American Dream. Eliminate the …

USPTO Breaks President Trump’s “One-In Two-Out” Executive Order

(This article first appeared in IPWatchDog) It would appear as if Obama holdover Michelle K. Lee continues to run the USPTO. More than six weeks after President Trump’s Inauguration Lee is delivering remarks at PPAC and PTAB Bar Association on March 2, 2017, appearing as a speaker at industry events (e.g. AUTM), signing notices published in the Federal Register, and …

The America Invents Act was Wrong from the Start

(This article first appeared in IPwatchdog) Congressman Darrel Issa was the guest at a town hall meeting held at AMN Healthcare in San Diego when he first began pitching the America Invents Act (AIA). I was in the audience. Of those attending, less than a handful were actual inventors. Many were attorneys, but most were socialites following the man who …

Dictators, Property Rights and the PTAB: Why the AIA Must be Repealed

(This article first appeared in IPWatchDog) For months people have questioned how the fortunes of inventors and startups may change as a result of who wins the presidency. Pundits have analyzed everything from lobbying money and political influence to grandparents and uncles to paint a picture of how each candidate might change the patent system. Now that Trump has won, …

Patents used to be a property right, now a patent is a liability

(This article first appeared on IPWatchDog.com) For 35 years my wife and I have made our living for our family as a new product developer, manufacturer and I am an inventor myself. My wife Amy and I are both ex NAVY, avionics trained. We began our business in San Marcos building 500 microcontroller based/ remote car alarms that I designed …