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By Brahma Chellaney
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - David Kappos
A new technology graduate school aimed at smoothing the path between research and entrepreneurship can boast a new distinction: the country's first on-campus patent officer, officials announced Tuesday.
On Sept. 16, at a ceremony involving some fanfare, President Obama signed the ironically-styled America Invents Act into law. While posed as an effort to "modernize" U.S. patent law by "harmonizing it with the rest of the world," the bill actually represents an effort by multinational and foreign corporations to crush America's vital culture of independent inventors.
The nation's 1950s patent system, which has forced innovators and inventors to wait years and outlast challenges and lawsuits before getting recognition for their products, would be overhauled under a measure passed Tuesday by the Senate.
"For the first time, by stationing personnel on the ground of a major graduate research institution, the USPTO will tear down the walls between university research and the federal support that has the power to help move that research from the lab to the marketplace," Kappos said at a news conference.
"In the last seven years," he told a congressional panel in March, "only one independent inventor's filing would have received a different outcome under the first-inventor-to-file system.