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Following Backlash, White House Realizes Guy Who Opposed Obama's Own Patent Reform Plan Shouldn't Lead The Patent Office

from the how-did-it-even-get-that-far? dept

A little over a week ago, it came out that President Obama was on the verge of appointing a former pharmaceutical industry exec, who had spent years fighting against the very kind of patent reform that President Obama supported, to be head of the USPTO. It was a little odd how the news came out -- as it seemed to be clearly "leaked" to a few folks in the press that Phil Johnson was likely to be the nominee. However, the move was pretty quickly condemned, and now the same folks are saying that the White House has changed its mind, and will not offer the position to Johnson.

At the very least, that suggests that the "leak" of his name was something of a trial balloon, to see how it would go over -- and the vocal rejection (including by big patent reform supporter Senator Chuck Schumer) made the White House realize that it would be in for a pretty angry fight over the nomination. Hopefully, the next nominee isn't someone who has vocally fought against the President's own position on patent reform...

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    That Anonymous Coward (profile), Jul 10th, 2014 @ 12:48am

    Or perhaps they needed to make more job offers for future "work" to smooth the way.

    Of the corporations, by the corporations, for the corporations.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jul 10th, 2014 @ 2:44am

      Re:

      It is certainly problematic to hire people with as sharp political opinions as this guy. Not saying they need a completely independent person for the job, but people as entrenched in a war as mister Johnson will have a hard time negotiating a satisfactory peace...

       

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        That Anonymous Coward (profile), Jul 10th, 2014 @ 3:48am

        Re: Re:

        They keep hiring people who lobby for the status quo or pushing it further towards befitting corporations above all else. Maybe get someone from the otherside this time.

        Heh, imagine me getting tapped to work on copyright reform.

         

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          sorrykb (profile), Jul 10th, 2014 @ 10:23am

          Re: Re: Re:

          That Anonymous Coward wrote:
          Heh, imagine me getting tapped to work on copyright reform.

          But how do we know you haven't been already?
          Let's see who you really are... /scooby
          :-)

           

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          That One Guy (profile), Jul 10th, 2014 @ 1:40pm

          Re: Re: Re:

          Okay, that would be awesome...

          'And I propose that we douse the following people in cow manure.'

          'How is that involved with copyright reform?'

          'I like to start my day of with a smile, helps me handle the workload.'

           

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    Stan, Jul 10th, 2014 @ 1:20am

    Who shouldn't lead the Patent Office

    Why don't we call this attempt "Let's hire the dingo as our babysitter!" effect. (with a tip of the hat to Jon Oliver).

     

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    David, Jul 10th, 2014 @ 2:49am

    Par for the course

    Hopefully, the next nominee isn't someone who has vocally fought against the President's own position on patent reform...

    To be fair, nominee Obama has fought against president Obama's own position on a whole lot of things.

    Though of course one cannot rely on everybody else being just such a turncoat.

     

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      Padpaw (profile), Jul 10th, 2014 @ 8:53am

      Re: Par for the course

      Maybe were dealing with a clone then and nominee obama was replaced by a clone president obama. Since otherwise he would be full of shit

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 10th, 2014 @ 2:57am

    You're right. The next one won't be one that was vocal against patent reform. It will be a quiet one, who will implement the same kind of policies anyway.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 10th, 2014 @ 3:39am

    You might say the White House felt...alot of Barack-lash. Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all week

     

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    andypandy, Jul 10th, 2014 @ 3:42am

    Answers????

    Could we not demand an answer as to why President Obama put this guy on the list or why he was even considered for the position.
    I think it is time that politicians should answer for their actions.

    1 simple question, why would you President Obama , want to put someone in a position of such power when he is obviously against everything you believe. Were you blackmailed, do we need an investigation to find out or are you going to answer the question and not try to weevil out of answering it.

     

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      AnonymousMark, Jul 10th, 2014 @ 6:19am

      Re: Answers????

      The odds are good that he is either a big contributor or a bundler.

       

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      Michael, Jul 10th, 2014 @ 6:30am

      Re: Answers????

      Why do you assume Obama knew who was on the list or cared what they opposed?

      He does not seem to be much of a "details" kind of guy.

       

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      David, Jul 10th, 2014 @ 3:07pm

      Re: Answers????

      Could we not demand an answer as to why President Obama put this guy on the list or why he was even considered for the position.

      Are you talking about the presidency? I've puzzled over that for years.

       

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    trollificus (profile), Jul 10th, 2014 @ 3:43am

    Hide and watch. Someone obliquely responsible for hiring Johnson and funding his efforts as a lobbyist against patent reform will be appointed. Someone more prominent than Mr. Johnson, who has never gotten his* hand dirty. Of whom it can be said "He* brings a uniquely wide experience in the field and correspondingly impressive expertise."

    Because we need that kind of expertse.

    *-Sorry bout the "incorrect though statistically defensible"...errr...misogynistic pronoun. I hope the usage didn't trigger anyone. It's like the War on Women all over again. Times a thousand.

     

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    Ninja (profile), Jul 10th, 2014 @ 4:46am

    They'll just nominate somebody that will do the same job for their corporate overlords but that presents less resistance from the peons.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 10th, 2014 @ 5:35am

    Lets face it guys our government is now a corporation , they aren't even hiding it anymore .. the problem we have is that corporations go bankrupt close up shop dissolve , which is why America wasn't meant to be a corporation, If it is then we need to unionize every citizen before we all obtain the position of sweatshop worker.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 10th, 2014 @ 8:26am

    Smoke & Mirrors...

    Nothing new here people.

    Johnson may not get it based on his history, but another one just like him without the bad history will be put in his place instead.

    Obama is same as Bush with the gumption to wipe his ass with more of the Constitution than Bush did and act even more truant with his Oath of Office to uphold Laws that are HIS RESPONSIBILITY NOT PLEASURE to enforce!

     

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    That One Guy (profile), Jul 10th, 2014 @ 1:16pm

    Classic politics

    1. Nominate someone who strongly advocates for the death of puppies and kitten.

    2. When backlash happens, act surprised and pull the nomination.

    3. Nominate someone who strongly advocates for the death of only puppies.

    4. New nomination looks moderate in comparison with previous, and is much more likely to be accepted by easily tricked morons(politicians/public at large).

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jul 10th, 2014 @ 6:54pm

    every high ranking position that is able to be filled by someone recommended by the White house, is recommended simply because they are yes men for the White House and the industries concerned with that high ranking position. after paying a fortune out in bribes and lobbying fees, what would be the point of nominating someone who would look at what was going on without being bias towards the rules dictated by the industry heads themselves? being fair over something doesn't keep the 'fat cats' in their plush offices for life or on their mega salaries!!

     

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