Monday, October 03, 2005

Patents are key

Information is not the same as Knowledge. The two are often confused these days. I would define Knowledge as the capacity to find, digest, frame and retain Information. Knowledge occurs when curiousity and discernment meet.

Wisdom has a long view, and being young in my current earthly incarnation I feel it would be presumptuous for me to try to define that essential idea.

Patents are a key to much information, and certainly to the kind of information that concerns commerce, science, and their intersections.

I have recently become aware that a great deal of information can be obtained by searching the U.S. Patent office.

In fact, many concepts which generally are considered far-fetched, far in the future or all-out tin-foil-hat looney can appear more realistic, if not validated, by the U.S. Patent Office.

I was first intrigued when I learned about a patent for weather modification technology.
See patent no. 4,686,605.
  • US Patent Office

  • Or see my posting re: Weather Modification below or at

  • I soon began searching around the patent office website myself. I found this intriguing example:
  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Most recently, I was directed to this info on:
  • Behavior Modification

  • I apologize for posting so many links. I don’t generally like websites that just link to other people’s stuff. But there’s no way for me to reasonably include it all here.

    One of the great features of the Net is you can link instantly to a connected thought and explore a subject further.
    Or, if you want, you can ignore it, close the window and go look at some kind of pornography.

    I recommend interracial-Alien-docudrama mentalpornography.

    (Illustration courtesy of Brady Chrisman, Esq.)

    But seriously. If someone is granted a patent, that means the material has been reviewed to the point that it deserves financial/copy protection from any other source.

    “A U.S. patent for an invention is the grant of a property right to the inventor(s), issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The right conferred by the patent grant is, in the language of the statute and of the grant itself, "the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling" the invention in the United States or "importing" the invention into the United States. To get a U.S. patent, an application must be filed in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

    More at:
  • US Patent Office

  • Patents and their cousins, copyrights and trademarks, are serious biz-ness. The unusual extension of the Mickey Mouse copyrights to Disney for 20 years gave Walt Disney Corp a huge chunk of CA$H.

    The home page of the US Patent Office clearly states the agency is a divison of the Department of Commerce.

    In my horribly logical brain the above leads me to believe that if someone files a patent, whether it is on electrical circuitry, polymer glue, Mickey Mouse, behavioral technology or weather modification, that the patent filer (and/or backers) intends to prevent other people from selling those patented devices, items, representations, methods/processes, etc. in the United States.

    I would think, If you don’t want someone else to sell something, it must exist. That, or there’s a very elaborate hoax – a conspiracy, you know.



    At 5:50 PM, Blogger GoPhercOugh said...

    I read this in one of the Bathroom Reader books.
    Back in the day, cars were considered a luxury item. They were difficult, time-consuming, and expensive to build. Mr. Ford changed all that. Soon there were cars everywhere.
    Then a guy came along and said that he had filed a patent WAY before that that precisely defined the automobile, and that all of these new car companies (especially Ford, the richest at the time) were infringing on his patent. Most carmakers paid him royalties, and he became rich quite fast. Ford however, refused to back down. He was sued by this guy, repeatedly, but kept up the fight. Eventually he won, claiming that the original patent did not define 'any practical machine' or something like that. He also said that the fact that the guy waited so long proved that he really hadn't known what he was talking about anyway, and he was just trying to get rich quick.
    There's a book by Chuck Palahniuk where one of the characters is independently wealthy because his father patented all sorts of drug names that haven't been used yet, and if a chemcorp wants to use it, they have to pay royalties.
    Not allowing someone else to use your idea without paying for it is exactly why the Patent Office was set up. Unfortunately, you didn't have to prove your idea would work. You just had to define your idea explicitly.
    Copyrights and patents are in place to make the rich richer, and to keep the unrich original thinkers in their place. (Have you ever seen what's involved in filing a patent or copyright? You'd better be DAMN sure you've got something new.) That place is out of the effective flow of ideas, and unable to afford to make their vision real.
    Yes it's a conspiracy. Yes it's real. Yes we're all trapped by it. No there's nothing you can do about it.
    Have a good day.


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