During no other time in the history of the United States have we seen such blatant disruption, some would say cancellation, of our unalienable rights than during 2020, all under the guise of protecting one another from a virus.
Being ordered to stay at home without probable cause. Ordered to wear masks and social distance, again without probable cause. Not being allowed to gather in worship at our churches. Unable to assemble in unity at a park or in a home (unless deemed a ‘peaceful protest’ – that often times included violence). Unable to provide for our families as businesses not deemed ‘essential’ were forced to close. Etc. Etc.
And although there have been cases brought before justices and the outcomes have all declared that many Executive Orders and mandates issued by governors and mayors were deemed unconstitutional, they continued to be issued.
However, there is another right, one actually granted by our precious U.S. Constitution that provided for the forward progress of our nation by ensuring that inventors and innovators would be able to reap the harvest of their ingenuity and labor.
Article I Section 8 charged Congress: “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”
This idea was so important to our Founders to ensure our nation’s advancement and freedom that The Patent Act of 1790 was signed into Law on April 10 by our first president, George Washington, within months after assuming office.
Just how important was this idea to our young nation?
The first Patent board members included none other than Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of our Declaration of Independence and the Secretary of State at the time, along Attorney General Edmund Randolph and Secretary of War Henry Knox.
The very first patent, number X000001, was issued to Samuel Hopkins for the “improvement in the making of pot ash and pearl ash” on July 31.
Life for inventors continued fairly well after that. There was a process established to stop others from capitalizing on your issued Patent and even, at times, to receive recompense for their act of piracy.
Unfortunately, this right has been eroded, at times dismissed, over the years.
Perhaps the most devastating erosion and perversion of Article I Section 8 and The Patent Act of 1790 has been the so-called America Invents Act of 2011, where the Patent Trial and Appeal Board was thereby established within the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
This administrative tribunal has “cancelled” previously approved and issued patents and, essentially, destroyed the lives and livelihoods of thousands of inventors through their actions.
Deep-pocket corporations have raped and pillaged individuals of their Patent rights and, in most cases, gotten away with it because the vast majority of people do not have the financial wherewithal to take the perpetrators to a federal court, which may cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
One organization is working relentlessly to reverse the trend of callous disregard and the elimination of Patent protection for Joe and Mary America – US Inventor. The group was established to: “teach, promote, and defend the invention process and business methods involved in developing an idea, making a profit, and changing lives.”
US Inventor was behind the introduction of a major bi-partisan piece of legislation, The Inventor Rights Act of 2019 (H. R. 5478), that will, if passed, restore long-held patent protections for inventors, as well as mitigate various laws, regulations, and judicial decisions that have curtailed and diminished inventor protection.
As the Father of our U.S. Constitution and fourth president, James Madison, warned, “Since the general civilization of mankind, I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
Americans who cherish their unalienable and constitutionally guaranteed rights must continually fight back – against corrupt politicians, Big Tech, multi-national conglomerates, and others that work to limit, inhibit, or otherwise strip We the People of our liberty and freedom.
Over For Now.
Main Street One