Patent Office Decides To Rush On Green Tech Patents, Rather Than Give Them Scrutiny They Deserve
from the just-great dept
Yet, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke supported the plan by announcing:
"American competitiveness depends on innovation and innovation depends on creative Americans developing new technology," Locke said in a statement. "Every day an important green tech innovation is hindered from coming to market is another day we harm our planet and another day lost in creating green businesses and green jobs."This statement makes a bunch of assumptions that simply are not supported by any evidence at all. First, innovation isn't just about new technology, but about successfully bringing the technology to market. Second, over and over again, studies have shown no causal effect between more patents and greater innovation. It's amazing that Locke can claim this as if it's fact when there's no evidence to support it. Third, there is no hindrance in job creation from a slower patent approval process. Companies can still bring their products to market and can still hire and grow whether or not they have the patent. There are plenty of "patent pending" products on the market. The idea that fast tracking green tech patents creates more jobs is pure fantasy. Apparently, when it comes to intellectual property, the policy of our federal government is entirely faith-based.