SPECIAL SUMMARY REPORT
THE GREAT DEBATE
FIRST-TO-INVENT vs. FIRST-TO-FILE
INTERNATIONAL HARMONIZATION TREATY
Distribution, Use of
#5 / #6 / #7 / #8
#9 / #10 / #11 / #12 #13 / #14 / #15
Arguments & Rebuttals
Closing Comments &
WHAT MAKES THE "FIRST-TO-INVENT" SYSTEM UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT FROM SYSTEMS AROUND THE WORLD?
"As civilization moved westward, there was a tremendous need for housing, transportation, and services. Anyone with the desire could exploit the market." says, Lawrence G. Lavengood, professor of business history at Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management in Chicago.
"Such an expanding market paved the way for a number of prolific American inventors during the 19th century. Eli Whitney, Samuel Colt, Alexander Graham Bell, Thomas Edison...they all gave this country a reputation that still stands today...no other part of the world can claim America's peculiar enthusiasm and determination to succeed without relying on outside help.
"This country's promise of freedom means more than just the right to bear arms, says William Bygrave, professor of entrepreneurial studies at Babson College in Wellesly, Massachusetts. 'It's the right to do whatever you are good at.' In Bygrave's native England, entrepreneurship was never encouraged. Among academics and elitists, the expression for someone entering trade is 'selling one's soul to industry.'
"Growing up in a free and open society gives us that anyone-can-do-it attitude missing in socialist and communist countries.
Our legacy of entrepreneurship continues to reinforce a reverence for the self-made individual. For all its virtues and flaws, entrepreneurship has continued to make America a country of small businesses, employing two-thirds of the population and contributing billions to our gross national product."