Troll Bashing

This past Tuesday, PIA’s Michael Makin made a trip to Washington D.C. to testify at the Senate’s Judiciary Committee hearing on “Protecting Small Businesses and Promoting Innovation by Limiting Patent Troll Abuse.”  Kudos to Lisbeth Lyons, PIA’s Government Affairs VP for pulling the right strings to get Michael in front of the Committee.  He was the only individual representing small businesses at the hearing.

Michael did an excellent job of making it clear that this type of patent “protection” is really more similar to a protection racket run by the mob than protecting someone’s intellectual property.  Makin’s statement to Senator Leahy, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, says it all, “Keep in mind Mr. Chairman that patent trolls do not innovate.  They do not promote economic growth. They do not contribute to education and scientific research.  Most importantly patent trolls do not create jobs. Our businesses do.”

Now comes the arduous process of crafting legislation which will pair up with the House’s recently passed Innovation Act.  One can hope that our representatives can get the right balance of protection for both patent holders and businesses.  Right now it’s fairly one-sided.


3 thoughts on “Troll Bashing

  1. I’m an innovator who has sought patent protection for my intellectual property. It’s clear to me that some people in US leadership and Congress want to make it legal for others to simply steal my work by dint of their having more and more expensive lawyers than I. No matter their rationale or excuse this still amounts to theft. The excuse that, “We can better use your property than you can,” is smarmy, cynical, and rather evil. I oppose them and their claims to what’s mine.

  2. Paul, the proposed legislation is not about over-turning patent law, but making corrections that allows individuals like yourself to continue to protect your ideas — but makes it more difficult for people who purchase “dormant” patents and then find ways to extort from businesses using aspects of those patents.

    • My apologies if I got this wrong. There was a bill proposed by the House Republicans which would have made it possible and easy for those with the most and most expensive lawyers to take intellectual property of others by making a case that the owner of that patent wasn’t using it to its full potential. The idea is to take what belongs to others without giving them compensation. That is theft, plain and simple.

      Apparently this legislation is not that. Or is it? They are very clever at masking their intentions. And they have proved themselves to be predatory and corrupt. Forgive me for not trusting these politicians.

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