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  • Latest Action: Mar 09, 2011 Held at the desk.

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  • This bill's most-recent vote occurred on March 08, 2011, with a roll call of 95 ayes, 5 nays, and 0 not voting.

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  • 73% of users oppose S.23

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    • Texas Instruments

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    • American Intellectual Property Law Association

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    • Association of University Technology Managers

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    • On February 01, 2011, by kevinmcc - Three supports of this bill with no text? How can you support an unknown bill? I will be tracking this bill, but not supporting until I have read the the text.

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      As noted by kevinmcc, a user on OpenCongress.org, on February 01, 2011, "Three supports of this bill with no text? How can you support an unknown bill? I will be tracking this bill, but not supporting until I have read the the text."
    • On February 03, 2011, by SmilingAhab - The bill will allow the Patent office to grant a patent claim to the first "inventor" (which is redefined) which files, instead of an inventor with proof of invention. This means essentially that international corporations and the G3 will buy up scientists like bullets and ensure that as little indie innovation as possible occurs without corporate supervision. The mentions of capping damages for minor patent infringements may stop companies like Apple from patenting every last button on their newest toy and suing anyone they want, but it also means that if a massive corporation starts copying the crap out of indie innovation, there's no longer any way to punish the corporation for stepping on the inventor. This bill is more Republicrat fluff and should be ignored by anyone set on actual patent reform. This will be as effective in patent reform as the "financial reform" fluff bill will be in keeping Wall St. from pissing our country's wealth away on gambling.

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      As noted by SmilingAhab, a user on OpenCongress.org, on February 03, 2011, "The bill will allow the Patent office to grant a patent claim to the first "inventor" (which is redefined) which files, instead of an inventor with proof of invention. This means essentially that international corporations and the G3 will buy up scientists like bullets and ensure that as little indie innovation as possible occurs without corporate supervision. The mentions of capping damages for minor patent infringements may stop companies like Apple from patenting every last button on their newest toy and suing anyone they want, but it also means that if a massive corporation starts copying the crap out of indie innovation, there's no longer any way to punish the corporation for stepping on the inventor. This bill is more Republicrat fluff and should be ignored by anyone set on actual patent reform. This will be as effective in patent reform as the "financial reform" fluff bill will be in keeping Wall St. from pissing our country's wealth away on gambling. "
    • On February 24, 2011, by spamiseveil666 - This act is troublesome. Looking at just the F2I section, here are a few problems: 1. Is an "offer to sell" no longer an act that causes problems? (Old statute uses "offer to sell" and new statute uses "on sale.") 2. "before the effective filing date of the claimed invention" - if you amend the claims, does that change the filing date? (Old statute used "filing date of the application.") 3. What does "available to the public" mean? Is confidentially seeking funding from an investor enough? 4. On the exceptions, what is a "disclosure"? Is it more or less than "printed publication, public use, on sale, or otherwise available to the pubic"? 5. Is (b)(1)(A) directed to confidential disclosures (in addition to public disclosures)? ((b)(1)(B) specifies "publicly disclosed.") 6. This may be a stretch, but . . . In most foreign countries, you can have confidential disclosures forever without losing patent rights. Could a confidential disclosure bar filing in the United States?

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      As noted by spamiseveil666, a user on OpenCongress.org, on February 24, 2011, "This act is troublesome. Looking at just the F2I section, here are a few problems: 1. Is an "offer to sell" no longer an act that causes problems? (Old statute uses "offer to sell" and new statute uses "on sale.") 2. "before the effective filing date of the claimed invention" - if you amend the claims, does that change the filing date? (Old statute used "filing date of the application.") 3. What does "available to the public" mean? Is confidentially seeking funding from an investor enough? 4. On the exceptions, what is a "disclosure"? Is it more or less than "printed publication, public use, on sale, or otherwise available to the pubic"? 5. Is (b)(1)(A) directed to confidential disclosures (in addition to public disclosures)? ((b)(1)(B) specifies "publicly disclosed.") 6. This may be a stretch, but . . . In most foreign countries, you can have confidential disclosures forever without losing patent rights. Could a confidential disclosure bar filing in the United States? "

    Highly Rated Blog Articles

    • INVENTORS BLOG: HOW THE “ALLIANCE FOR PATENT ... - March 26, 2012 by noreply@blogger.com (InventorsBlog) - HOW THE “ALLIANCE FOR PATENT FAIRNESS” USED S.23 TO GUT AMERICAN TECHNOLOGY FOR THEIR OWN CORPORATE GREED. What EVERY product developer knows. BUT how Congress is clueless about this ...

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      As noted by noreply@blogger.com (InventorsBlog) on March 26, 2012, "HOW THE “ALLIANCE FOR PATENT FAIRNESS” USED S.23 TO GUT AMERICAN TECHNOLOGY FOR THEIR OWN CORPORATE GREED. What EVERY product developer knows. BUT how Congress is clueless about this ..." (/url?q=http://www.inventorsblog.org/2012/03/how-alliance-for-patent-fairness-used.html&sa=U&ei=o-V4T-uZK4au2AW1v-21Bg&ved=0CDkQmAEwBA&usg=AFQjCNGyuet0r3zW69DuF1GIocB9_d8pRw)
    • INVENTORS BLOG: HOW THE “ALLIANCE FOR PATENT ... - March 26, 2012 by noreply@blogger.com (InventorsBlog) - HOW THE “ALLIANCE FOR PATENT FAIRNESS” USED S.23 TO GUT AMERICAN TECHNOLOGY FOR THEIR OWN CORPORATE GREED. What EVERY product developer knows. BUT how Congress is clueless about this ...

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      As noted by noreply@blogger.com (InventorsBlog) on March 26, 2012, "HOW THE “ALLIANCE FOR PATENT FAIRNESS” USED S.23 TO GUT AMERICAN TECHNOLOGY FOR THEIR OWN CORPORATE GREED. What EVERY product developer knows. BUT how Congress is clueless about this ..." (/url?q=http://www.inventorsblog.org/2012/03/how-alliance-for-patent-fairness-used.html&sa=U&ei=9Jh3T6azF-KC2AW1nPW1Bg&ved=0CDkQmAEwBA&usg=AFQjCNFH_nE97mQ57IANgyFkwrex__e4Xw)
    • INVENTORS BLOG: HOW THE “ALLIANCE FOR PATENT ... - March 26, 2012 by noreply@blogger.com (InventorsBlog) - HOW THE “ALLIANCE FOR PATENT FAIRNESS” USED S.23 TO GUT AMERICAN TECHNOLOGY FOR THEIR OWN CORPORATE GREED. What EVERY product developer knows. BUT how Congress is clueless about this ...

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      As noted by noreply@blogger.com (InventorsBlog) on March 26, 2012, "HOW THE “ALLIANCE FOR PATENT FAIRNESS” USED S.23 TO GUT AMERICAN TECHNOLOGY FOR THEIR OWN CORPORATE GREED. What EVERY product developer knows. BUT how Congress is clueless about this ..." (/url?q=http://www.inventorsblog.org/2012/03/how-alliance-for-patent-fairness-used.html&sa=U&ei=kEd2T5yHHKXs2QX10aiWDQ&ved=0CDkQmAEwBA&usg=AFQjCNGleOAXjgdDDi0Mry1BkSh6kUqd3w)

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      As noted by YAHOO! on July 31, 2012, "Sudan has avoided an "Arab spring" like Egypt or Tunisia but discontent is growing with Bashir's 23-year rule. Until Tuesday, protests against the austerity measures had mostly petered out after a security crackdown and the start of the Muslim fasting ..." (http://news.yahoo.com/price-protest-leaves-six-dead-sudans-darfur-194232779.html)
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