With annual sales at 800,000, that's $800k-$1.6 million, or up to $16M
a decade. PLUS licensing fees to hundreds of companies. Not fair?
Plus he'd have had global love and respect v. the global contempt he
has now. It's a no-brainer to anyone but a lawyer.
[Television is] the triumph of machine over people.
-- Fred Allen
Obviously that is subject to a lot of interpretation, definition and
negotiation, as it is doubtful whoever had the patent on the
intermittent windshield wiper was paid 25% of the profit on a car.
That said, if there is one thing generally accepted in business these
days it is that our patent system is broken and has been subverted by
none other than lawyers like Gass, particularly regarding
It is to the point of absurdity, at unbelievable cost to the consumer
and innovation ... for the past decade or so the patent office,
underfunded and grossly inept in the usual bureaucratic manner, has been
operating under the concept that they will patent anything presented to
them, and let anyone affected by their ineptness fight it out in the
courts, benefiting no one but guess who? ... asshat lawyers, like Gass.
A pox on the greedy bastards ...
Such an act would play absolute havoc with the capitalist ideals of
the US nation. For all the screaming that people do about Gass trying
to get his invention mandated, the shrieking of the capitalists so
affected by such an act by government setting a maximum price would be
Can you spell PRECIDENT!
Yes, it is spelled precedent.
The government of the United States has a long history of setting
prices (called price controls) in the past. For example, President
Nixon imposed price controls on August 15, 1971 finally ending in
No, I can not. Neither my dictionary nor spell checker think that is a
The spellings gods are unhappy with you.
I assume you mean Precedent.
I looked up precident, The dictionary never heard of this word.
I am not a net nanny or a a compulsive spell guy. But when people start
talking about spelling on the net, it is some sort of instant karma. Don't
understand it, it just happens to me, you and others. (I corrected two
spelling errors in this message.) ;-)
ALL patents are monopolies, guaranteed by the Constitution.
Article I, Section 8
"The Congress shall have the power... To promote the Progress of Science and
useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the
exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;..."
Due to VoIP, Skype, etc.. telephone companies aren't what they used to
be. They have been impacted by a host of other factors which make them a
poor example of a regulated monopoly to use as a reference point.
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