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Patent Reform Act Threatens Engine of Prosperity - Hollrah

Patent Reform Act Threatens Engine of Prosperity - Hollrah

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"I tell this story now because those who wish to destroy the U.S. patent system, the constitutional wealth-generator that has been the “engine” of our prosperity since the first days of our republic (whoever “they” are), have
waged a never-ending attack on the system since the day we defeated them in 1997."
"I tell this story now because those who wish to destroy the U.S. patent system, the constitutional wealth-generator that has been the “engine” of our prosperity since the first days of our republic (whoever “they” are), have
waged a never-ending attack on the system since the day we defeated them in 1997."

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Patent Reform Act Threatens ‘Engine’ of Prosperity (Update)
 August 30th, 2011 ·1 Comment
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Paul R. Hollrah
, Guest BloggerIn earlyFebruary 1997, I received a telephone call from a longtime friend inWashington.He was calling to say that we were being recruited for a very importantassignment, an assignment related to national security.President Bill Clinton
He explained that, in 1996, the Clinton administration agreed to give thePeople’s Republic of China a complete set of magnetic tapes from the U.S.Patent and Trademarks Office computers, containing every iota of Americantechnology registered with the patent office in the previous 160 years.
With the information from those tapes on their computers, the Chinese would knowexactly how to make everything we make.But more importantly, by tracking the long-term development of every conceivable kind of technology and extrapolating the pathof development into the future, the Chinese could “leap-frog” our own technologicaldevelopment.
No American president could possibly think it was a good idea to do such athingunless, of course, he owed a debt of gratitude to the Chinese and hewas more concerned about that than he was about the future prosperity of the American people.
 
The American people would never have known how many factories were being built inremote provinces of China, employing workers who were happy to work fortwo orthree dollars a day.When the proposed technology transfer was inadvertently reportedin a Commerce Department newsletter, the offer was withdrawn.Ron Brown
But what was potentially more damaging to the United States was containedin a Memorandum of Understanding with the Japanese government, signedby Commerce Secretary Ron Brown
… an agreement to introduce legislation in theU.S, Congress that would destroy the U.S. patent system, as we know it.The vehiclesfor that treachery, already introduced in Congress, were H.400 and S.507, the Houseand Senate versions of the
Omnibus Patent Reform Act of 1997
.Because the legislation was so thoroughly “wired” on both sides of the aisle, ouremployers were seeking a small team of experienced government relationsprofessionals who’d been in the political arena long enough that many of their longtimefriends had risen to become influential members of Congress.
They were looking for lobbyists who were on a first-name basis withmembers of Congress…. men whose reputations in the political world weresuch that they could ask members of Congress to take certain actions, onfaith alone, and expect those requests to be honored.
What made the task so difficult was the fact that
the legislation was supported, notonly by the president and vice president of the United States, but by thePeoples Republic of China, the Japanese government, the Indonesian LippoGroup, and 80 or 90 of America’s largest multinational corporations
… all butassuring the neutrality of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Associationof Manufacturers.
On the day we arrived in Washington, April 12, 1997, we tuned in to C-Span just in time to see the House of Representatives pass H.400 on a voice vote.
 
Not one member of the House of Representatives demanded a roll call vote on a billthat would severely emasculate a core function of the federal government.
When we were finally able to obtain a copy of S.507, we read it very carefullyand we were horrified.
Never in all of our years as lobbyists had we ever read aworse piece of legislation.If we had ever wondered what it was that the Chinesereceived in return for the millions of dollars they poured into the Clinton-Gore reelectioncampaign in 1996, there was no longer any doubt:
• They proposed that the Department of Commerce relinquish control of theU.S. Patent Office and that the patent office become a wholly-ownedcorporate subsidiary of the federal government.• They proposed that the patent office be controlled by a six-memberadvisory board made up of individuals drawn from the private sector, all withvested interests in patent officedecisions… i.e., institutionalized conflict of interest.• They proposed that the patent office be authorized to accept gifts of cash,or anything else of value, without limit, from any and all sources, includingindividuals, corporations, foreign businessmen, and foreign governments,including those with patents pending.• They proposed that the patent office be authorized to borrow money and tocreate debt, without congressional approval, and to retire debt by increasingpatent fees… in effect, giving the patent office the power to levy taxes.Under the U.S. Constitution, only the Congress has the power to levy taxes.• They proposed to repeal that portion of U.S. patent law which required thatall technical details of every patent application be held instrict confidence bythe patent office until the inventor was given patent protection.Instead, thepatent office would be required to make public all technical details of everynew patent application just eighteen months after the inventor filed for apatenton average, two and one-half years before inventors received patentprotection.• They proposed the creation of a system of “patent reexaminations,” wherein any individual or corporation, for a $2,000 filing fee, could cause anexisting patent tobe reexamined.Under this provision, inventors would beprohibited from using, licensing, or exploiting their patents in any way whiletheir patents were under reexamination.And while reexaminations couldtake years to complete, the clock would continueto run on an inventor’sseventeen-year patent term.Of course, if the inventor was able tosuccessfully defend his patent, those who wished to steal his technologywould have others standing in line to file for additional reexaminations.Rather than face bankruptcy through fighting endless reexaminations, mostinventors would gladly sell their rights to their intellectual property forpennies on the dollar.

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PRMurphy added this note
"With the information from those tapes on their computers, the Chinese would know exactly how to make everything we make. But more importantly, by tracking the longterm development of every conceivable kind of technology and extrapolating the path of development into the future, the Chinese could “leap-frog” our own technological development."
PRMurphy added this note
"He explained that, in 1996, the Clinton administration agreed to give the People’s Republic of China a complete set of magnetic tapes from the U.S. Patent and Trademarks Office computers, containing every iota of American technology registered with the patent office in the previous 160 years."
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Bill Clinton should have been tried for Treason for this one act alone.
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