Monday, July 30, 2007

HP exec (the "invent" co.) & Houston Paper not above Downright Lying to Texas Football Fans

According to an opinion written by HP exec Ted Clark:
The last major updating of our patent system was in 1952. Back then, no one had heard of The Beatles and a long-distance telephone call was considered "high-tech." Yet this same system [1952 Patent Act] is expected to perform in today's faster paced, technology-based economy.

The Fourth Estate (newspaper editorials) seems to have been taken over by a Corporate Ministry of Doublespeak Truth right out of 1984. So it is up to the Blogosphere to holler a good ole fashion "foul" when the paper downright lies to its underinformed readers. Democracy can't work if the people are repeatedly lied to.

According to one historical site {IP Mall}, there have been amendments to the 1952 Act every couple of years:

1954
1958
1959
1961
1962
1964
1965
1971
1972
1975
1980
1982
1983
1984 --Hatch Waxman add ons
1986
1988
1990-1994 (every year)
--Of these, the last two were for NAFTA and GATT (20 year term)
1995
1996
1998
1999-- The American Inventor's "Protection" Act, a major set of changes

For more misleading statements to the public, one can go here and see what Mr. Smith Goes to Washington says:

Arguably, it [Patent Reform 2007] represents the biggest change since the 1952 act was written. The subcommittee has undertaken such an initiative because the changes are necessary to bolster the U.S. economy and improve the quality of living for all Americans. The bill will eliminate legal gamesmanship in the current system that rewards lawsuit abuses over creativity. It will enhance the quality of patents and increase public confidence in their integrity. This will help individuals and companies obtain money for research, commercialize their inventions, expand their businesses, create new jobs and offer the American public a dazzling array of products and services that continue to make our country the envy of the world. All businesses, small and large, can benefit. All industries directly or indirectly affected by patents, including finance, high tech and pharmaceuticals, can also profit.

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