SPECIAL SUMMARY REPORT
THE GREAT DEBATE
FIRST-TO-INVENT vs. FIRST-TO-FILE
INTERNATIONAL HARMONIZATION TREATY
Distribution, Use of
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Arguments & Rebuttals
Closing Comments &
WILL THE U.S. ECONOMY GAIN ANY BENEFITS FROM ADOPTING THE PROPOSED "FIRST-TO-FILE" SYSTEM?
Ned Conley in his essay "First-to-Invent: A Superior System for the United States", states that the quid pro quo for the exclusive rights granted under the patent system is the disclosure of new technology to the public, to increase the availability of such knowledge to others. Such disclosures encourage others to innovate, to bring forth their own inventions to compete with the patented invention. Thus, innovation builds on innovation, promoting the progress of the useful arts as contemplated by the Constitution."
In this sense, the deterioration in the quality of patents, and scientifically unsound, sketchy disclosures, will not satisfy the intent of the Constitution. In fact, U.S. researchers and scientists usually find the patents of other countries pretty useless to their progress.
In terms of the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), it will increase the workload of the already overworked PTO by flooding it with sketchy "paper patents" and which will generate 3-4 times the work on each patent.
And what will happen to the U.S. economy if the small business sector, which is responsible for 50% of U.S. innovation and employs more than two thirds of the labor force, finds it impossible to adapt to this ruthless, competitive, money-driven business environment? [ Back to top ]