April 30, 2009
"A strong and predictable patent system fosters the collaborative development and funding required to transform basic research into commercially viable technologies and stable, high-paying jobs. It is troubling to many small technology companies that, at a time of such grave economic uncertainty, Congress would seek to fundamentally alter the economic structure of our nation's patent system." - Bernard J. Cassidy of Tessera, telling the House Judiciary Committee what boneheads they are with their crappy patent bill, but in a politic way, of course.
Posted by Patent Hawk at April 30, 2009 9:53 AM | The Patent System
I wonder how Tessera got by the Congress screeners since it seems like the rest of the speakers want to damage the system so much so that they can rip off the little guys with no impunity.
Posted by: Lee at April 30, 2009 10:23 AM
Actually, Tessera was one of four opponents testifying againsts patent "deform"
(If you count Philip Johnson on our side)
The other side was represented by all familar faces: Mark Chandler of the "Patent troll" blog fiasco (What did you do to poor Rick, Mark ?) and patently ignorant David Simon with his hillarious assertion that patents equal mass manufacturing (Maybe we should send him to China and be done with him once and for all ?)
The hack from Georgetown does not count at all
So, in summary, it looks like the opponents of this "deform" outnumber proponents
But the big question is who has more money
Unfortunately on the money issue we come on the loosing end, so the "deform" might go ahead
Like somebody once said: America has the best justice money can buy
Posted by: angry dude at April 30, 2009 10:59 AM
With the stakes in this issue being so high (on an existential level IMO) I would imagine the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology companies, the Industrial manufacturing companies, the worker unions, the VC industry, the universities and research institutions, the Fabless companies, NPE's and independent inventors which in aggregate represent more money/influence then the reform promoters, would make sure they out lobby the giant tech and financial companies on this transparent swindle of a legislation. If they drop the ball in this blood war America is doomed. I'm sure/hope they realize that.
Posted by: Regata De Blank at May 2, 2009 11:01 AM