Public Hearings Concerning the Evolving Intellectual Property Marketplace #540872-00010

Submission Number:
540872-00010
Commenter:
Stanley Lass
Organization:
retiree
State:
IA
Initiative Name:
Public Hearings Concerning the Evolving Intellectual Property Marketplace

Worldwide employment in manufacturing is decreasing due to increased automation. By being a leader in manufacturing automation, the U.S. could recapture much of it's lost manufacturing capability. Labor costs would be less of a factor in product costs. Progress in manufacturing automation depends on innovation. The key to an increased pace of innovation is a reformed patent system which greatly reduces the time and cost of securing patent protection. A week or so after filing for a patent, others could read the patent document and perhaps improve on it. Many of the patents would be for increased automation in manufacturing and products that are easier to manufacture. By rewarding the inventors of worthwhile inventions, inventing can be a rewarding career,a way to inspire would be inventors, and motivate school age students to study math and science. To file a patent application, email a description of your invention to a Patent Office Repository. A cursory examination for clarity would be done by the Patent Office. No patents would be awarded as such. The presence in the repository is the patent. Designers could search the repository for ideas when designing a new product. Each industry segment would be taxed on it's products as a per cent of the perceived value of the patents. (The tax rate would be set by law.) Compensation for the invention, if any, would be from the tax revenues of the relevant industry. The compensation would be based on usage, perceived value(as determined from a number of sources) and time elapsed since the description was filed. This would make innovation more like the Web 2.0 described in the May 08 Scientific American, which has been known to increase the pace of innovation. It's kind of like brainstorming enabled by the web. For more information see http://showcase.netins.net/web/stanlass/patents.html