4 More Days Until Election 2012
|Written by Gene Quinn
Patent Attorney & Founder of IPWatchdog
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Posted: Nov 2, 2012 @ 2:22 pm
Then when I fired up my laptop to check e-mails and approve comments from first time posters and those otherwise caught up by our comment spam software, I came across a comment from a patent attorney who explained why he had finally decided to vote for President Obama — the Patent Office is working very well.
The comment to that article really didn’t fit with the broader content or theme of the article on which it was left. As frequent readers know I always try and encourage relevant comments that don’t go to far off tangent so as to keep the discussion focused and on point. So I didn’t approve that comment there but reached out to the commenter to let them know I would be posting this article.
It is undeniable that the Director Kappos has revitalized the Patent Office. Under the previous regime patent allowance was at an all time low, when rules packages were put forth each and every comment of the user community was routinely ignored, and ultimately the industry had to sue the Patent Office to prevent what would have been the disastrous claims and continuations rules from being implemented. To say there was not a good relationship between the user community and the previous regime at the Patent Office would be a rather ignorant understatement. There is no doubt that this have changed at the Patent Office for the better.
Still, does the fact that the Patent Office is now well run mean that President Obama has earned 4 more years?
Those who know me know that I am a registered Republican. Over the years I have been known to vote for particular Democrats at times, but I believe in most of the core principles Republicans and Conservatives stand for, and for the most part I believe I operate my business and life as a “small c” conservative. I am fiscally responsible, but I do have a heart and try and help people. I throw my bias out there for your consideration, not to suggest anyone needs to agree with me. In fact, many of my best friends are Democrats and disagree with me.
I have already voted and I voted for Governor Romney. I am a lawyer volunteer for Romney for President and I will be working on election day in that capacity and then volunteering in the event there is a recount in Virginia, or anywhere else for that matter.
While I know that the Patent Office is operating on all cylinders I also see more than $1 trillion deficits as far as the eye can see, $16 trillion in debt and growing, 23 million Americans who cannot find work, taxes set to rise to on January 1, 2013 to a level that will cripple our already stagnant economy and troubling inaccuracies about what actually transpired in Libya. President Obama campaigned by promising hope and change, yet the same partisan political bickering ensued and I believe his policies have gotten in the way of recovery. We are broke, we borrow $.40 of every dollar we spend and there has been an utter failure to address key issues such as the housing market, immigration and entitlement reform. Instead focus has been on healthcare despite the fact that the majority of Americans objected to Obamacare.
I would absolutely love for Director Kappos to stay on as Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office regardless of who wins the election next Tuesday, but for me a vote for President Obama comes with one thing I like a lot — Team Kappos — and many things that I think will lead the country further in the wrong direction.
I believe we need a turn around expert in the White House, and that person is Governor Mitt Romney. I also believe that we need to be on a different path virtually everywhere except at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. That is why I support Governor Romney.
Let’s also not forget that back in 2008 when he was running for in the Republican primary, Governor Romney then promised to appoint a patent attorney to run the United States Patent and Trademark Office. So I suspect that whoever wins next week will make innovation policy an important cornerstone of economic development in the U.S.
So what are your thoughts? Please share your thoughts in the comments below, but please keep it civil.I am presently in San Francisco, California teaching the last live course for the
About the Author
Gene Quinn is a US Patent Attorney, law professor and the founder of IPWatchdog.com. He is also a principal lecturer in the top patent bar review course in the nation, which helps aspiring patent attorneys and patent agents prepare themselves to pass the patent bar exam. Gene started the widely popular intellectual property website IPWatchdog.com in 1999, and since that time the site has had many millions of unique visitors. Gene has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the LA Times, USA Today, CNN Money, NPR and various other newspapers and magazines worldwide. He represents individuals, small businesses and start-up corporations. As an electrical engineer with a computer engineering focus his specialty is electronic and computer devices, Internet applications, software and business methods.