Patent Grant Revelations
Things that keep me up at night are usually resolved the next day but patents are stubborn dreams that can turn into nightmares.
Hoping to patent to a clear field after performing thorough research on a subject always has been iffy. Now even after obtaining a patent and seeing it published is not a guarantee of happiness ever after. But now that the European Patent Office, the Eurasian Patent Office and the Asian Section of the EPO allow searching for prior patents, things could be a little bit better for the diligent inventor. Even then, with all that available information, look to the trade and popular publications for any sign that your idea is published anywhere. Patent trolls will grab minute bits of information about the most obscure aspect of your idea to say that it is obvious or common knowledge.
Having run the patenting gauntlet, crossed the finish line with patent in hand, I had the happy through that the battle was over. Even with assurances from my patent agent that it couldn't happen, the letters came on a regular basis. There must be people who troll the pages of the gazette looking for likely suspects. Heading back to my agent with a worried look was met with more assurances...
...America needs a better system of patent protection. Steve Brachman of IP Watchdog sheds light on a possible answer in the STRONGER Patents Act. The acronym cleverly encapsulates the words: Support Technology and Research for Our Nation's Growth and Economic Resilience. Steve presents a clear picture of the benefits of S.1039 and provides links to a press release by its sponsors.
Since US President Trump wants the USA to enhance its industrial position, strength and patent standing in the world, making innovative individuals less vulnerable to patent trolls and usurping companies would be a start. Going on a year after S.1039 was introduced into the Senate, perhaps this bi-partisan bill, if enacted will alleviate some fears inventors are heir to as they sign their names on a patent application.
Comments to R. Lyons will be welcome.