Parents of Invention
Issues with patents extends further than story reaches: The situation is far more dire than the article would suggest ["The New Cold War," Caleb Hannan, feature, 11/7]. The America Invents Act was a mistake. It will facilitate the robo-filing of equivocal "inventions" often using deliberately different lingo to avoid the typical word-searches of today.
The use of provisional applications has not been well thought out. Shouldn't they be published like the IBM abstracts of old? What about "over the wall technology" that is in the public domain where no one needs a license? Can't people define that body of useful art?
It seems the very companies that should be "in the know" are deliberately avoiding recognizing the prior art in the very field of their endeavor. Yet the blame typically falls on the patent practitioner, who is invariably charged with deliberately deceiving the patent office.
But don't castigate the trolls; the situation is very much like the early 1950s when songwriters and musicians were being screwed. Rarely does the homeowner sell his or her home without a real estate agent.
There really aren't that many true inventors, and until people start recognizing who they are, and rewarding them appropriately, there will be patent wars.
Hindsight provides 20/20 vision: Everything listed in the article [about twentysomethings in S.F. in 1972] is accurate. But it seemed so glamorous at the time. Now it's just kind of sad ["Do the Time Warp," Joe Eskenazi, Sucka Free City, 10/31].
Blog Comments of the Week
Need to spell out legalization another way: These DEA guys make me sick. I guess it is all about job security for them; who cares if harmless teenagers get thrown in jail and their futures ruined ["Marijuana's Victory in Colorado, Washington Means California Will Follow Soon," Chris Roberts, the Snitch, 11/7]?
Instead of calling it the "legalization of marijuana," people should refer to it as the "deregulation of hemp." Then let some of the "small government people" explain why they are against deregulation, why they want gigantic justice and prison systems, and why they want the government in people's lives.
Some people are milk snobs: Someone gets a coffee and puts maybe an ounce of milk in it, and is worried about if it is soy or almond milk ["Four Barrel Nixes Soy. Forever." Molly Gore, SFoodie, 11/1]? What a sad state San Francisco has devolved into.