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Adam Ullman

is a 3rd generation inventor and entrepreneur. He created his first invention after his freshman year of college, successfully developed The Glove, a wrist-motion based controller for video games, and brought it to retailers nationwide. Adam then worked at Razer and managed the final development, initial production, and market introduction of their first computer mice. Realizing a high need for legal advice in early stage businesses and wanting to better protect intellectual property assets, Adam earned his J.D. and an LL. M. in Intellectual Property, Commerce and Technology from the UNH School of Law. Adam is currently the CEO of Shoe Care Innovations Inc. where he developed and commercialized the first UV shoe sanitizer, SteriShoe®, and he also consults on IP strategy, product development, and IP commercialization through PDCIP, LLC. He is a named inventor on 10 U.S. patents and others internationally. Adam is also a passionate advocate for legislative reform to make it easier for all inventors to protect and secure their IP rights.

Recent Articles by Adam Ullman

A Loss of Confidence in the Patent System

I have come to the dejected realization that our patent system does little to protect anyone who does not have millions in the bank to defend their invention… So why would someone now choose to publicly disclose their invention if the likelihood of being awarded a patent is decreasing and the potential costs are increasing? In this inventor’s eyes, they won’t and I won’t, at least not without a lot of money set aside as a defense fund. That is why my decision today is difficult and why I have chosen to write about this. I have believed in our patent system, as my father did and grandfather does, but I cannot overcome the concern that given the current landscape, I am better keeping my knowledge in my head rather than sharing it with the world.

Have U.S. Patent Laws Become Unconstitutional?

As more reports come out that patent filings for individuals and small businesses are down and a general recognition that real innovation does not come from large organizations, but rather small ones, it is becoming clearer that changes in our laws have decreased the previous standards that were in place to “promote the progress of science and useful arts.” As such, it seems to this author that our current patent laws are unconstitutional, or at the very least are thoroughly and completely frustrating the constitutional purpose for which they were created since our laws are promoting less and not “securing” our discoveries. We need to strengthen our patent laws to have a system that promotes the progress of science and useful arts by efficiently and affordably securing for inventors the exclusive rights to their discoveries and innovations.