Why would Republicans and Democrats alike rally around a bill detrimental to America? If Republicans are the purported defenders of Constitutional integrity and Democrats the alleged party of the common man, why would they jointly promote legislation in opposition to the Constitution that takes from the “poor” and hands to the “rich?” Why are leaders of both parties working at cross-purposes on this devastating Patent Reform Bill?
There IS a problem in the U.S. Patent system. It currently takes an average of four years for a patent to be approved. The patent office is understaffed with thousands of patents backlogged. By the time they see daylight, many inventions are obsolete…their moment of opportunity lost.
But should the entire-unique-to-the-world American patent system, “first to invent” not “first to file,” codified in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution by the Founding Fathers before they ever wrote in rights to free religious expression or press, be disregarded and “harmonized” to that of Europe to accomplish that? The answer is emphatically “no!”
Every member of Congress should be concerned that passage of HR 1249 will allow large global corporations like G.E. and Microsoft (major backers of 1249) to dominate the U.S. patent process as never before, freezing out thousands of small inventors from a process that has made the U.S. the leader in innovation for the past 200 years.
General Electric has already signed agreements making available to the Red Chinese important patent and trade secret information, which they possess. Microsoft is now building a new invention/technology complex in China. And China is demanding this intellectual property information from U.S. corporations as a condition of trade.
Eager to do business with China, these corporations along with others are based in congressional districts and states where Senators and Congressmen on both sides of the aisle… who happen to represent those districts… just happen to have been persuaded to support the bill.