Posts Tagged: promote the progress


Does Patented Intellectual Property Still Matter? Yes, Depending on Who You Are

If Bill Hewlett and David Packard were just starting in their garage, they might be wise not to waste money acquiring them... An individual inventor, or SME, …

Patent Rights: A Spark or Hindrance for the Economy?

One just thinks of the fact that five years ago Blackberry was the industry standard, dominant forever, and now it is basically exposed to ridicule because virtually …
By Gene Quinn
8 years ago 26

First U.S. Patent Laws Were First to File, Not First to Invent

The reality is that from 1790 to 1836 patents were given to the first to file. Between 1836 and 1870 a panel of arbitrators would decide disputes between conflicting patents and …
By Gene Quinn
9 years ago 47

The Constitutional Argument Against Prior User Rights

The man who secretes his invention makes easier and plainer the path of no one. He contributes nothing to the public. Over and over has it been …
By Gene Quinn
9 years ago 49

The Constitutional Underpinnings of Patent Law

The United States Constitution grants to the Congress the power to grant patents; this power residing in the Congress is found in Article I, Section 8, Clause 8. Unlike …
By Gene Quinn
9 years ago 8

Patents, Copyrights and the Constitution, Perfect Together

As James Madison stated in Federalist Paper No. 43, the usefulness of the Congresses power to award both patents and copyrights “will scarcely be questioned.” Madison, Debates in …
By Gene Quinn
9 years ago 38