Check out this interesting article in the New York Times.
Inventor Mark Stadnyk is suing the U.S. government to try to overturn recent legislation in patent law that he says bows to corporate lobbyists and strangles American innovation:
The present system, one of the nation’s oldest patent principles and called “first to invent,” relies on lab notebooks, e-mails and early prototypes to establish the date of invention. The impending law would overturn that by awarding patents to the inventors who are “first to file” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office . . . .
Opponents say it will give big companies a huge advantage over start-ups and small inventors. Large corporations have deep pockets and armies of lawyers to write up and file patents, they say, and the new law will touch off a paper chase to the patent office instead of a race to innovate. Yet the opponents are in the minority. And there is genuine debate about how much garage inventors and fledgling companies contribute to innovation and economic growth these days.
Proponents of the legislation says it will cut red tape and prevent long legal battles that tend to arise over intellectual property.
---Samantha Maziarz Christmann