Inventors and innovators are an interesting breed. They are unique and very much at the heart of America’s rise to the top following our War for Independence and the ratification of our U.S. Constitution. Our Founders knew what an impact these special people would have and specifically built the “exclusive Right” to their discoveries into Article I Section 8 Powers of Congress Clause 8.
For over two centuries, American inventors discovered and created some of the best products in the world. Yes, there were infringers but those who stole inventions from others were headed to court and, much more often than not, were found guilty and ended up paying the person who actually made the discovery anyway.
That all changed when BigTech and multi-national conglomerates lobbied their way into an infringer’s dream…with passage of the America Invents Act of 2011 and the creation of “the Patent Death Squad.”
The administrative tribunal, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), has laid waste to independent inventors and innovative small businesses and startups. During the first decade of the AIA, the PTAB had invalidated (revoked) 84% of the patents they had reviewed. What is remarkable is that the PTAB reversed decisions made by highly trained Patent Examiners despite the fact that 60% of the Administrative Patent Judges – who are not real judges – have zero technical background or expertise.
Suffice to say that thousands of people and businesses have suffered greatly at the hands of the PTAB.
One independent inventor, Kip Azzoni Doyle, has escaped being taken to the PTAB. That does not mean, however, that she is not familiar with the proceedings and what has befallen her fellow “thinkerers” and innovators.
Kip is a writer, inventor [CardShark WalletSkin], adventurer, entrepreneur, gearHead, screenwriter, freelance journalist, content creator, car and bike racer, humanitarian and is mission-driven for veteran causes. Fed up with what has happened to our once mighty Patent System, she decided to write a book about not only her experiences but also those of many others.
The result of her note-taking and story extracting, as she calls it, is Blood In The Water: America’s Assault On Innovation, co-authored with Scott Burr.
In her owns words Kip says, “I’d like to think that everyone could learn a thing or two about how skewed the patent system has become…to actually understand the corrupting of the patent system in words and stories that they care to read and can understand. No legalese to drug you into LaLa land…I’m honored to do my best to bring their stories of loss and perseverance to the forefront.”
Along with many other troublesome activities occurring in America today, Blood in the Water brings to light what many Citizens know little about, even though the everyday items we use, and the devices that we play with and utilize for work, were brought to life by an inventor.
As Ayn Rand said, “An inventor is a man who asks ‘why?’ of the universe and lets nothing stand between the answer and his mind.”
Next time you pick up an ice cream scoop (Alfred L. Cralle, inventor), use your dishwashing machine (Josephine Cochran), throw on your Kevlar vest (Stephanie Louise Kwolek), or use your telephone (Alexander Graham Bell) consider how much better the world is, particularly America, because of those thinkerers from all walks of life who invent, and who were, until the patent death squad, able to achieve the American Dream because of what they created.
Then go out an get a copy of Kip’s book, Blood In The Water: America’s Assault On Innovation.
Over For Now.
Main Street One