Patent Reform Act to aid nanotechnology?

Patent Reform Act to aid nanotechnology?

Today’s San Jose Mercury News — the newspaper of Silicon Valley — features a guest editorial by Wirt Cook, IBM vice president and senior state executive, on the proposed Patent Reform Act, titled “Patent Reform Act best way to protect, foster innovation”:

Berman’s bill will enable private-citizen-experts to help patent examiners research the novelty of proposed patents so that they can make a more informed decision. The bill will also create a framework for individual inventors or businesses to dispute the validity of a patent without the expense and time of a courtroom litigation.

I’m no patent expert, but this does sound good. The real experts — Ted Sabety, Mark Lemley, and more recently Larry Lessig — have been raising patent issues as problematic for nanotechnology. —Christine

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  1. Ronald J Riley June 22, 2007 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    I hate to have to break the bad news to you but the statement “The real experts — Ted Sabety, Mark Lemley, and more recently Larry Lessig” shows a profound ignorance of the issues and of who bankrolls some self professed experts. The top IP law expert in America is Professor Irving Kayton and 75% of patent practioners have taken his classes.

    If you want to see nanotech stagnate then go ahead and implement the agenda of the patent pirating washed up tech companies who are desperate to eviscerate the patent system to avoid the consequences of their larcenous conduct. No one invests in bringing technology to market if parasites can swoop in and take their investment for nothing. That is what so called patent reform is about.

    I urge real innovators to contact us and join our efforts to hand those companies who think they can reform the patent system to one where they take what they want, when they want their heads just like we did to them during the patent reform fight which raged throughout the nineteen-nineties.

    Ronald J. Riley,

    President – – RJR at
    Washington, DC
    Direct (202) 318-1595 – 9 am to 9 pm EST.

  2. grey eminence June 22, 2007 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Great, now we have the good ole boys with their corp. network deciding the fate of inventors.

    This is about as lame an idea that I have ever heard.

  3. ted sabety June 29, 2007 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    Dear Mr. Riley,

    I am surprised by the tone of your blog entry. Christine was merely attempting to get a discussion going and has had Mark and I speak several times at Foresight conferences on the topic. Christine has been around the nanotech industry for quite a while and your characterization that she is “profoundly ignorant” is nasty. I suggest you apologize.

    I also suggest your think (or at least learn) about who you insult publicly, given that you “self profess” to represent the interests of small inventors. Several of my clients fall into that category, but your ignorance about my practice appears not to be an inhibition to your poor commentary. It pains me to think that your vulgar style is being applied to people on Capitol Hill to the detriment of those client’s interests. Nice work, Mr. President.

    Let’s raise the quality level of discussion in this blog or it will slide into irrelevance, the only benefit being it will take Mr. Riley’s commentary with it. Mr. Riley, if you have anything specifically relevant to say about IBM’s comments in the San Jose Mercury, please share it with us. I think that is the reason Foresight set the blog up in the first place.


    Ted Sabety

  4. Anonymous December 25, 2008 at 5:30 am - Reply

    Not so good as before.

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