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[News] Insight Into the Corrupt Nature of Patenting Framework

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Outdated intellectual property laws a patent disgrace 

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| The U.S. patent office gets nearly 500,000 applications every year. Figuring 
| out who owns what, typically in court, has morphed into a business worth 
| $10-billion (U.S.) a year in the United States, where the global patent war 
| is mainly being waged.    


U.S. to launch two flash memory patent investigations

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| The U.S. International Trade Commission has voted to investigate 
| technology-related patent complaints brought by two companies, with the 
| vendors asking the agency to ban the import of a wide range of products using 
| flash memory.   
| In one case, Samsung Electronics of South Korea filed a complaint, and in the 
| second, Samsung is among the targets in the investigation. The two cases 
| involve different types of flash memory.  
| A Samsung representative didn't immediately return a phone call seeking 
| comment on the two cases. 



Minister pleads guilty to stealing $500K from U.S. patent office

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| One of the patent employee's tasks was to process requests for funds from
| customers who had completed the application process, documents said. In his
| guilty plea, Reid said the patent office employee identified accounts that
| had gone dormant. She then changed the name on the accounts to Redeemed Music
| House and wired the cash to the company's bank account.
| Court documents show that the patent worker stole a total of $534,338 over 32
| transfers, 27 of which were to Reid. It is unclear from documents where the
| other $80,000 went.


Has the US patent system gone too far?

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| When Samuel Hopkins came up with a method for improving the production of
| potash, it was probably just the kind of invention that President George
| Washington had in mind when he created the US patent system. Hopkins, who in
| 1790 received the first American patent ever issued, had discovered a way to
| increase the production of a critical resource used to make glass, soap, and
| soil fertilizer.


Michael Jackson: Method and means for creating anti-gravity illusion

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