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The Lies DC Tells – To Steal and Undermine Patents

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Washington, D.C. is really good at naming bad things well.  So as to obfuscate how bad the things they’re naming – and passing – are.

Obamacare’s actual name was “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”

Obamacare assaulted with government hundreds of millions of patients – rather than protecting them.

Included in the government’s assault – was on average doubling insurance premiums and tripling insurance deductibles.  Which is the antithesis of affordable care.

Good name.  Terrible legislation.

Yet another example:

The America Invents Act:

“The law represents the most significant legislative change to the U.S. patent system since the Patent Act of 1952.”

Indeed it was.  In that it made it exponentially harder for America to invent things:

“The America Invents Act (AIA) was the single worst disaster in the 226 year history of the U.S. patent system. The AIA did very real damage – enough to put many inventors out of business and discourage many others.”

Good name.  Terrible legislation.

The America Invents Act was passed for several phony reasons.

One – was addressing the alleged problem of alleged “patent trolls.”

The anti-patent freaks define “patent trolls” – as anyone besides the person who filed for the patent…owning the patent.

Except inventors – almost never want to manufacture anything they’ve invented.  They’d much rather continue inventing.  So they sell their patents – and plow that coin into their next inventions.

Which, by the way, is exactly what the rest of the planet should want them doing.  We want them in their labs and offices and garages – inventing the next bunches of really cool stuff.

Most inventors sell their patents to other people.  Who then manufacture the products the inventors invented.  Or license the patents to other people who manufacture the products the inventors invented.

These are the people the anti-patent freaks call “patent trolls.”

There is absolutely nothing wrong with what these after-invention patent holders do.  In fact, they are a crucial component of our nation’s continued economic success.

They ensure the patents – reach their maximum potential.

If you’ve ever met a typical inventor – you know they aren’t manufacturing-company-CEO material.  The Inventor skill set and the Manufacturing CEO skill set – have almost no skills in common.

Better to have the Inventor inventing – and the Manufacturer manufacturing.

Amongst many other atrocities – the AIA is a huge boon to patent thieves.

And most of those patent thieves – are huge corporations:

“(T)he Act clearly favors large corporations, particularly those in the financial services, software and pharmaceutical industries, over smaller companies and start-ups.”

Because why would we want to foster the Little Guy Inventor?  They can’t kick in anywhere near the huge political contributions “large corporations” can:

“Of course, it was a great new law for the large multinational corporations who pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into Washington D.C. in the form of political contributions and funding for a massive public relations campaign centered on a patent troll villain.”

Why would large corporations create the “patent troll villain?”  To set the stage – for their massive patent theft from the Little Guy Inventor.

One way the AIA helps huge patent thieves:

“The U.S. has been under a first-to-invent system since the first Patent Act in 1790. Under that system, when two patent applicants each sought a patent on the same invention, in theory a U.S. patent was awarded to the first applicant to have made the invention….

“The U.S. changes to a first-to-file patent system from a first-to-invent system as part of the America Invents Act of 2011.”

Huge corporations have lots of money and lawyers – eternally at the ready to file patents.  All they have to do is get wind of a Little Guy Inventor’s idea – and file first for the patent.

Under the AIA, it matters not at all how much evidence the Little Guy Inventor has that the idea is actually his.  Under the AIA, the idea is no longer his – it is now the huge corporation’s.

This terrible law was also passed in the name of addressing the approval of bad patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Stop right there.

You don’t need to fundamentally transform the US patent system – to improve the USPTO patent approval process.

You simply improve the USPTO patent approval process.

USPTO Needs to Be Forced to Do Its Job and Reject Bad Patents

No legislation at all required.  Just have the Office – do its job better.

But the Office doing its job better – isn’t yet another opportunity for huge corporations to steal patents.

So in the name of creating patent theft opportunities – oops, I mean “addressing bad patents” – the atrocious AIA created the atrocious:

Patent Trial and Appeal Board:

“The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) is an administrative law body of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) which decides issues of patentability.  It was formed on September 16, 2012 as one part of the America Invents Act.”

Except guess who almost always wins the Board’s decisions?  Why, huge corporations – natch.

Who with their huge wallets and packs of lawyers – file avalanches of near-identical-but-slightly-differently-worded PTAB challenges – against Little Guy Inventors.

To wit:

“Bassam Abraham and Roman Chistyakov, two Boston-based engineers, in 2002 created a new technology for depositing metals at the micro scale….

“The two men, joining a longstanding American tradition stretching back to the signing of the Constitution, filed patents for their invention.

“Then their technology drew the attention of several massive, Fortune 500 companies, whom Abraham and Chistyakov would end up taking to court for allegations of patent infringement.

“For just ten patents Abraham holds the PTAB received some 125 petitions, he said, challenging a total of 371 claims (patents are divided into ‘claims’). He noted that those same patents had been granted after review by six different examiners at the PTO….

“The PTAB panel returned its results: of 371 claims challenged, it invalidated all 371. Abraham’s patents, along with the 25-person company he and Chistyakov had grown based on them, were toast.”

Think that outcome is an outlier?  Heavens no.

PTAB sides with the patent thieves – 85% of the time.

And that’s when the Little Guy Inventors can afford to mount a PTAB defense.

Far too often, the Little Guy Inventors are simply swamped and overwhelmed with PTAB challenges – and have to abandon their patents to the huge corporations.

Oh – and those remotely familiar with our Constitution and its separation of powers probably noticed….

Yes, The PTAB is Unconstitutional:

“There is, however, a more fundamental problem with the PTAB run-post issuance proceedings, one that cannot be cured by fine-tuning particular processes.

“The Supreme Court now has before it a case that will consider whether reposing a power to annul vested private property rights in an administrative agency runs afoul of the Constitution’s Article III requirements.”

Article III – of the Constitution’s Seventh Amendment?:

“The judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish….

“The judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution, the laws of the United States, and treaties made, or which shall be made, under their authority….”

Which means – the Judicial Branch does all the Judicial stuff.

PTAB – is the Executive Branch pretending to be the Judicial Branch.  Which is unconstitutional.

Unfortunately for the country, patent rights and the rule of law – the Supreme Court ruled against Reality in aforementioned case:

“Inter partes review — which authorizes the United States Patent and Trademark Office to reconsider and cancel an already-issued patent claim, under 35 U. S. C. §§311–319 — does not violate Article III or the Seventh Amendment of the Constitution.”

Of course, clowns in gowns ruling in defiance of the Constitution and Reality – is not at all an unusual occurrence.

That being said, we can and must rid ourselves of PTAB.

And as much of the rest of the AIA as we possibly can.

And as much of the unilateral Barack Obama Administration actions executed to undermine patents and patent protections.

There are a few bills out there looking to do this.

My favorite?

Rep. Massie Introduces New Legislation to Restore America’s Patent System:

“Representative Thomas Massie introduced the Restoring America’s Leadership in Innovation Act of 2018 (H.R. 6264). This legislation would reverse many of the harms that have been caused by recent changes to the patent laws from all three branches of government.”

Why is Massie’s my favorite?:

“Section 5 abolishes the PTAB.”

It’s the only bill that does.

And it does a lot of other really good undoing:

“Section 9 reestablishes the previously long-held status of patents as a property right.….

“Section 10 ends the automatic publication of patent applications. This change will allow applicants to keep their inventions secret until they have the security that comes with an issued patent….

“Section 3…returns the United States to a first to invent patent system….

“Section 4 abolishes Inter Partes Review (IPR) and Post-Grant Review (PGR)….”

And speaking of actually addressing the issuance of bad patents….:

“Section 6 eliminates fee diversion and provides for full funding of the USPTO.  Innovators and the public alike count on the USPTO to perform timely, quality examinations of patent applications in the first instance.”

Make sure the USPTO is thorough in its pre-approval application process.

Measure twice – cut once.

Actually, all we really needed in, say, 2010 – was Massie’s Section 6.

We’d have had all the patent improvement.

And none of the crony huge corporation patent theft – ensconced in law and policy.

And none of the crushing of our entire creation process….

The U.S. Drops Out of the Top 10 in Innovation Ranking:

“The U.S. dropped out of the top 10 in the 2018 Bloomberg Innovation Index for the first time in the six years the gauge has been compiled….The index scores countries using seven criteria, including research and development spending and concentration of high-tech public companies.”

Get those dates?

We passed the awful AIA – in 2011.

And dropped out of the Top Ten for the first time – seven years later, in 2018.

That is not a coincidence.

That is not an accident.

That was the legislation’s intent.

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There is a New Feminist Version of the Monopoly Game That Pays Female Players More Than the Males

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Hasbro will address the Patriarchy by instilling female-privilege into its iconic game.

In a move that supposedly will empower women and is not in any fashion whatsoever pandering, it has been announced that a new version of the generationally popular board game MONOPOLY is getting a makeover (unless, it is sexist to say so…) The new version is being dubbed “Ms. Monopoly’, and there will be new rules.

One of America’s most recognizable board games is getting an upgrade. Hasbro is debuting a new game celebrating women’s empowerment — Ms. Monopoly, marking the first time in Monopoly history when a new mascot will be featured on the cover of the game. The twist? In Ms. Monopoly, female players will get more money.
The most notable change is that when women pass GO they will receive a 20% increase over the male players, receiving $240.00 each time they pass, while men are paid at the standard $200 limit. In addition, other changes will be seen, such as instead of buying properties you will be buying inventions created by women.

‘It’s a fun new take on the game that creates a world where women have an advantage often enjoyed by men,” the company said in a press release. It seems a rather wrong message to think you are empowering girls who play by delivering the message they can only succeed if the standards are tilted to favor them. Nothing is being repaired by this rule change, because in the original game there was no gender pay imbalance — everyone received the same income and all players had an equal opportunity to succeed.

Now the message to young females is they need to have a built-in advantage in order to succeed, and then deal with the resentment when they end up winning. It would be deeply instructive if one of the businesses that players could invest in was the Handsome Her Bakery. This was the Australiaan eatery that made global headlines when it was going to charge male customers eighteen percent more than women — and promptly went out of business. There is your teachable roll of the dice.

Of course if you are going to insert social engineering into the rules that means that the exact same tactic can be used to undermine those same rules. The fix to any player who feels slighted by the gender dynamics simply has to declare that they self-identify as a female — and just that easy you have found yourself on the receiving end of more income!

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Leftist Judge’s ChiComm #1 Witness in Awful IP Theft Ruling – Is a Massive IP Thief

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Behold: Judge Lucy H. Koh:

“(A) United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California….On January 20, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Koh on the recommendation of California Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California….”

Koh’s private and public career indicates she is thoroughly Democrat.  Koh’s ridiculous rulings indicate she is thoroughly Leftist:

“In Silicon Valley, Lucy Koh Is the Law:

“‘Koh has presided over some of the tech industry’s highest-profile cases. Though federal court cases are typically randomly assigned, fortuity and her spot in Silicon Valley have gained her more influence over tech than any other judge in the U.S….

“‘Her rulings at times have broken legal ground….

“‘Koh’s interest in the law, friends and colleagues say, is rooted in an idealistic sense of justice – in the law as an agent for change.’”

“Translation: Koh likes to ignore the Constitution and the law.  And make stuff up so as to impose her personal policy preferences – ‘break new ground’ so as to be an ‘agent of change’ – rather than remain within the confines of the law.

“Which is the job of the Legislative – not the Judiciary.  If she wants to change the law – she should ditch the robe and run for Congress.”

Koh is not a judge.  She is a judicial activist.

Most of the time – judicial activists get away with it.  But every once in a great long while, we revert to the Rule of Law – rather than the Rule of Men (and Women).  A very nice little hiatus – whenever it comes to pass.

Qualcomm Can Maintain Licensing Tactics Pending Appeal, Court Says:

“According to the filing, Qualcomm successfully raised ‘serious questions’ on the merits of a district court’s antitrust ruling. As such, the company can maintain existing license terms with customers, offer modem chips under condition of a customer’s patent license, and is not required to offer standard essential patent licenses to modem suppliers.”

And which district court judge issued this ruling?  That raised “serious questions?”  That got the frigging Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to stay said ruling?

Why…it’s our own intrepid Judge Koh:

“Judge Lucy Koh determined Qualcomm(’s patent licensing) violated federal antitrust laws and ordered remedial actions that call for the firm to restructure current and future licensing tactics.”

Suing a patent and its holder for being a monopoly – is like suing Shaquille O’Neal for being tall.  O’Neal is inherently large.  A patent is inherently a (temporary) monopoly.

Koh should have thrown out the case brought against patent holder Qualcomm…in no more than five seconds.  Instead….

Hey Judge Koh: When you are too far Left for the Ninth Circuit – you have REALLY gone off the edge of the map.

Koh’s entire ruling – and how she handled the entire case – was entirely absurd:

“Judge Koh – dismissed two dozen witnesses put forward by San Diego, California’s Qualcomm.

“And went whole hog with…Communist Chinese cellular company Huawei.  That also happens to be a direct competitor of Qualcomm.

“Judge Koh cited Communist Chinese, Qualcomm-competitor Huawei…134 times in her 233 page order.

“Because Judge Koh didn’t care about…you know, facts and dubious Communist Chinese witnesses and stuff.  She cared about imposing her personal Leftist policy preference.”

And what have we since learned about Koh’s star Intellectual Property (IP) witness – Communist China’s Huawei?  Whom she cited more than once per two pages – for 233 pages?  In her ruling that Qualcomm’s handling of its IP was illegal?

Huawei Faces Criminal Probe by US Prosecutor on Intellectual Property Theft

Oops:

“(O)n Thursday, the 29th of August 2019, US Prosecutors had set out a new investigation against the Chinese tech conglomerate accusing the Shenzhen-based telecommunication equipment maker of alleged technology theft….

“On top of that,…the Chinese tech titan was accused of stealing intellectual property from companies alongside individuals for multiple years by recruiting employees from its rivals….

“Aside from that,…the latest probe on Huawei would be looking in to the business practices of the Chinese tech conglomerates which had not been covered in the regulatory clauses….”

Wait – “the latest probe?”  Not the first?

Of course not.  To sort-of-quote the last line of the 1974 cinematic classic:

“Forget it, Jake. It’s China(town).”

Huawei’s Yearslong Rise Is Littered with Accusations of Theft and Dubious Ethics

Huawei Faces Charges of Intellectual Property Theft in US

8 Steps Huawei Took to Steal IP from T-Mobile and Cover It Up

US Semiconductor Company Claims Huawei Tried to Steal Its Technology

Huawei Using Suit Against Him to Steal IP, Ex-Worker Says

60 Minutes Torpedoes Huawei in Less Than 15 Minutes

Hey Huawei: When you are too far Left for fake news CBS’ fake news 60 Minutes – you have REALLY gone off the edge of the map.

NONE of Huawei’s ongoing, rolling massive IP theft – should come as a surprise to anyone.

Because like mother – like son.

Communist China has spent the last forty-plus years – stealing trillions of dollars of our IP.

And Huawei – is an appendage of the Chinese Communist Party.

IP theft is a fundamental component of Communist China’s business model.  So IP theft is a fundamental component of Huawei’s business model.

So NONE of Huawei’s ongoing, rolling massive IP theft – should come as a surprise to anyone.

Most especially Judge Koh.  Who does just about nothing but IP and tech cases for a living.

Koh should have dismissed any and everything Huawei had to say.

Instead, she did exactly that with more than two dozen Qualcomm witnesses.

And instead cited Huawei more than once per two pages – for 233 pages.

Because Koh is not a judge.  She is a judicial activist.

Thank God part of her idiocy was stayed.

Hopefully until the entirety of her idiocy is overturned.

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Bernie Sanders Thinks He’s Praising Communism During Interview, but Is Actually Applauding Capitalism

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China is rife with problems. Be it religious persecution, an Orwellian way of treating its citizens,  and its penchant for communism, it’s not exactly the model country.

While 2020 candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, acknowledges that China has its problems, but seems to believe that the communist country has done more for its poor than any other country in the history of the world.

“China is a country that is moving unfortunately in a more authoritarian way in a number of directions,” Sanders told Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball. “But what we have to say about China in fairness to China and it’s leadership is if I’m not mistaken they have made more progress in addressing extreme poverty than any country in the history of civilization, so they’ve done a lot of things for their people.”

As Ryan Saavedra of the Daily Wire points out, Sanders misunderstands how China helped its poor. It was never communism that helped the poverty levels, it created them. It was China’s turn to capitalism that helped the poor out of its rut, and Saavedra points to a Forbes article that describes how it happened:

…never before in history have so many people escaped poverty in such a short time as in the past decades in China. According to official World Bank figures, the percentage of extremely poor people in China in 1981 stood at 88.3%. By 2015 only 0.7% of the Chinese population was living in extreme poverty. In this period, the number of poor people in China fell from 878 million to less than ten million…

…China’s success provides clear evidence of the power of capitalism. Under Mao, the state had an omnipotent grip over China’s economy. What has happened over the past few decades can be summed up in a few sentences: China has progressively embraced the tenets of free-market economics, introduced private ownership, and gradually reduced the influence of the once all-powerful state over the Chinese economy. That the state still plays a major role today is simply because China is in the midst of a transformation process that began with complete state dominance of the economy.

In fact, it appears Sanders is a lot more careful about what he left out about China than what he praised, as pointed out by Paul Crookston of The Washington Free Beacon:

He did not address how China’s communist government has oppressed religious people and minorities, putting at least one million Uighur Muslims in concentration camps while instituting one of the most comprehensive surveillance states in history. In China, the Communist Party requires all religions to pledge ultimate loyalty to President Xi Jinping, who is atop a one-party system that does not allow political opposition.

China’s poor may have been helped out by China embracing capitalism more than it used to, but the falling poverty levels is a testament to capitalism, not the power of a communist government. The power of communism, which Sanders is dangerously close to applauding, results in every other problem you just read.

Sanders has a habit of skirting around the facts about the economic and governmental systems he heaps praise on. Every question thrown at him usually results him uttering the same few phrases that help him dodge the question. “Big corporations,” and “the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer,” etc, etc.

I get the feeling Sanders knows his governmental system has massive flaws, but at this point, backing off from it would mean losing support, and more importantly for Sanders, money.

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When Deregulation – Actually Makes Things Worse

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The joint I run – is called Less Government.  Which means whenever possible – we want less government.

But Reality – is Reality.  Sometimes a little government is required.

Which is why the joint I run – isn’t called No Government.

We readily acknowledge – government is awful at everything.  But there are a few, very rare occasions – when there are things worse than government involvement.

A quick biggie?  Our nation’s borders.  A little government at our borders – is a VERY good thing.  (A little more – is even better.)

Sometimes the facts on the ground – necessitate a little government.

And so it is with our electricity service.

Shopping for electricity – isn’t like shopping for, say, a car.

There is a near limitless number of outlets from which to purchase your vehicle.

There is one – and only one – electricity line into your home.

So electricity deregulation creates an inexorable bottleneck – once the providers get to your house.

I love this analogy – provided for us by Frank Cirillo, an official with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) in Connecticut:

“It’s like a million people at a Stop N’ Shop (a convenience store) and there is one (expletive) cashier.”

Gotta love the colorful picture he’s painting.  As genius comedian Steve Hughes said about another brilliant choice of words:

“What it lacks in sophistication and depth – it makes up for wholeheartedly with a delightful clarity, don’t you think?”

This mass of providers – rushing to one choke point outside your house – also diffuses the customers’ ability to affix blame when something goes awry:

“While supporters claim this would introduce competition and could lower energy bills, similar measures in other states, including Texas, actually resulted in a spike in both household energy costs and consumer complaints.”

Complaints increased – because when something breaks multiple companies point at each other in an attempt to pass off blame…and nothing ever actually gets fixed.

And investment in the infrastructure drops – because everyone waits for everyone else to pony up.  Which means no one ever ponies up.

Again, we know this is a terrible idea – because it’s already been tried in places like Texas.

Ask Texas About Deregulated Electricity Markets. Prices Soared in Heat Wave:

“Just last week the Texas grid operator issued emergency warnings and called on all Texans to conserve energy so they could avoid blackouts.

“So what happened? In a surprise to no one, it got hot in Texas and wholesale electric prices soared 36,000 percent (that’s not a typo) to more than $9,000.”

Meanwhile in Florida:

“(I)t was also hot (it’s August), (but) there were no emergency declarations and wholesale electric prices at FPL hovered around a whopping $20.

“Adequate supply and steady prices at $20 or shortages and price spikes that go over $9,000, that’s one of the big differences between deregulated and rate-regulated markets.”

I live in southwest Florida. I lived in Austin, Texas.  Florida wins the Hot Contest.  Not because of the heat – but because of the swamp-imposed humidity.

And yet Florida is handling the August hotness – and Texas is not.

This bad idea has engendered the rarest of political occurrences – bipartisanship.  In fact – omni-partisanship.

Florida Energy Choice Ballot Initiative Attacked From All Corners

Florida League of Cities Officially Declares Energy Choice Initiative ‘Deceptive and Misleading’

Florida Urban Leagues Denounce ‘Deceptive’ Energy Choice Amendment

Florida Chamber of Commerce Sounds Alarm Bell Over Energy Choice Initiative

Florida Congressional Members Latest to Oppose ‘Energy Choice’ Amendment:

“A full 24 Florida members of (the US) Congress (12 Democrats and 12 Republicans), however, vigorously oppose the measure, as they wrote in a letter to (Florida) Attorney General Ashley Moody Friday.”

Unfortunately, we have not yet reached total unanimity on this.

One of the very many things of which to make fun when contemplating Leftists – is their steadfast imperviousness to facts and history.  To wit:

“Communism has only murdered 100 million people – let’s give it another shot.”

Unfortunately, sometimes the Free-Market-Uber-Alles types – too forget to remember history.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment Would Bring Competition to Florida’s Electricity Market

No, it would not.  See (amongst many other places): Texas.

You know who doesn’t seem to have missed history?  Florida’s ballot-eligible residents.

‘Energy Choice’ Amendment Unpopular with Florida Voters:

“Only two in five voters back the proposed amendment.”

Bravo, Floridians.

Let’s hope it stays that way.

Or gets even more one-sided against.

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Apple Loathes Intellectual Property – Unless, Of Course, It’s Theirs

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I must admit, I laughed more than a little last week when a pair of headlines crossed my transom.

Here’s the first:

Apple Granted Over 2,000 Patents Last Year, Ranking It Around #10 in the US

“Around #10” – ???:

“Two different organizations came up with slightly different numbers and rankings….”

Either way, in a country of 330+ million people, with the globe’s biggest economy – that’s a lot.

Apple is a creative company.  (Though I would argue less so since the sad, premature passing of founder Steve Jobs.)

Apple has to be in the innovation business.  New ideas – means new things to sell.

Apple is a monster company (Market Cap: $951 billion).  You have to keep feeding the beast.

And the way Apple – and everyone else – protects their ideas…is by patenting them.

Apple’s patents grant Apple – for a finite period of time – exclusive use and implementation of their ideas.  Only they can sell stuff with their patents.

Unless someone pays Apple a mutually agreeable amount – and Apple grants them license to use Apple’s patented ideas.

All of which is only fair.

Research and Development (R & D) is what begets us patentable ideas.  And it is a VERY expensive, LONG term effort.

R & D is nigh antithetical to Wall Street’s quarter-by-quarter, month-by-month – heck, day-by-day search for bigger profits and higher stock prices.

R & D companies spend months, years and sometimes decades developing the ideas-cum-products we rely on and enjoy each and every day.

R & D companies also spend months, years and sometime decades developing ideas – that never, ever become anything.  In petroleum business parlance – they drill a lot of dry holes.

Drilling dry holes ain’t, by the way, a failing on anyone’s part.  That’s the nature of the R & D beast.

And Big Tech R & D – ain’t nickel ante poker.  It ain’t penny slots.

Apple spends billions of dollars developing their patented ideas.  And spends billions and billions more – working on ideas that never pan out.

All of which is why Intellectual Property (IP) protection is so important.  In fact, it is so important – the Founding Fathers ensconced it in the Constitution.

If Apple – if any and everyone – can’t get a return on all of their massive investments of time and money – they’ll stop making their massive investments of time and money.

And then our entire economy comes to a screeching halt – and collapses in a smoldering heap.

So when Apple gets any of its ideas stolen – they get rightly, righteously indignant.  And necessarily litigious.

Which brings us to our second humorous headline:

Apple Seeks to Shut Down Corellium’s ‘Perfect Replicas’ of iOS

Apple thinks Corellium is stealing their operating system.  Which cost Apple a ton of time and money to develop.  So Apple is more than a little peeved.  Understandably so.

In fact, Apple has a long history of suing people Apple alleges stole their ideas.

Apple and Samsung Settle Seven-Year-Long Patent Fight

Jury Awards Apple $539 Million in Samsung Patent Case

Apple Sues Samsung for $2 Billion

Apple Sues Samsung Over ‘Galaxy’ Phone, Tablet

30 Years Before Samsung: When Apple Sued Microsoft

Apple Sues Intel, Microsoft – Again

Apple Sues Over QuickTime – This Day in Tech History

Apple Sues HTC Over iPhone Patents

None of these are duplicates.  And I could continue to list headlines for days.

Oh: And you don’t have to be a huge company – to engender Apple’s litigious wrath.

Apple Sued an Independent iPhone Repair Shop Owner

Why did these two headlines cause me to chortle?  Because vociferously-protective-of-its-IP Apple – also did this:

Apple Sues Qualcomm for Roughly $1 Billion Over Patent Royalties

This wasn’t because Qualcomm was stealing Apple’s IP.  This was because Apple was attempting to steal Qualcomm’s IP.  More specifically – reverse engineer the heist.

Apple was looking to get a court to force Qualcomm to return patent licensing royalties Apple had already paid.

Why had Apple already paid?

Because Apple and Qualcomm had negotiated mutually agreeable terms – under which Qualcomm would license its patents to Apple.

And then Apple and Qualcomm both signed numerous contracts – ensconcing in writing the mutually agreeable terms.

Years and years followed and went by.  During which Apple paid Qualcomm for Qualcomms patents – per the terms of the contracts they both signed.

Oh – And to put this in monetary perspective:

A new iPhone XS costs $1,249.

On which Apple would have been contractually required to pay Qualcomm…about $12.

And monster Apple (Market Cap: $951 billion) – felt that minuscule amount was too much to pay relatively minuscule Qualcomm (Market Cap: $91 billion).

So monster Apple – sued relatively minuscule Qualcomm.

Is this Apple IP theft a one-off?  Heavens no.

Apple Owes $626 Million in Damages After Losing Huge Patent Case

Apple Ordered to Pay More Than $500 Million in iMessage Case

Apple Sued for Patent Infringement in Two Lawsuits

Apple Sued for Patent Infringement in the Apple Pay

Apple Sued for Patent Infringement Relating to Their ‘Low Power Mode’ Feature Found in iPhones and iPads

Apple Sued for Patent Infringement over Apple Maps

Apple Sued Over Alleged Infringement of PocketFinder GPS Patents

Apple Is Being Sued for Patent Infringement by a Native American Tribe

Oh – and how’d the Apple-Qualcomm lawsuit turn out?

Apple Pays Whopping $6 Billion to Settle Qualcomm Dispute

Oops.

All of which is to say:

Apple loathes Intellectual Property – unless, of course, it’s theirs.

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Not WOKE: Bill Maher BLASTS The BDS Movement Against Israel.

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The aftermath of a publicity stunt gone badly by Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar continued into Friday Night on the show hosted by super-duper progressive icon, Bill Maher. His once a week HBO show “Real Time With Bill Maher” usually is a launching pad for attacks on Trump or anyone supporting him.

Occasionally though he throws a curveball and last night was one of those nights.

From The Hill…

Liberal commentator Bill Maher on Friday night went after the international movement to boycott Israel, calling it a “bullshit purity test” for Democrats after the Israeli government said it would deny entry to two U.S. congresswomen because of their support for the boycotts.

Maher drew applause in studio on his HBO show after declaring the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement supported by some congressional Democrats “a bullshit purity test by people who want to appear woke but actually slept through history class.”

“It’s predicated on this notion, I think – it’s very shallow thinking – that the Jews in Israel, mostly white, and the Palestinians are browner, so they must be innocent and correct, and the Jews must be wrong. As if the occupation came right out of the blue, that this completely peaceful people found themselves occupied,” he said.

As I covered here yesterday Rashida Tlaib Gives Donald Trump And Benjamin Netanyahu HUGE P.R. Victory this has turned out to be a huge flop as a publicity stunt for BDS. However, Maher touches on a deeper point here that I have not seen many in the mainstream media make.

The very idea that United States CITIZENS who happen to be elected officials are aligned with this movement which is based on pure fantasy is maddening to the logical mind. That Tlaib and Omar are so unskilled at pulling off a publicity stunt likes this pretty much proves Nancy Pelosi’s point from a month back. These Freshman members of the “Progressive Cheer Squad” are not ready for prime time yet.

When you have lost Bill Maher on something you might want to reexamine your whole overall outlook on things if you are a progressive. Luckily for us, these ladies will not do any such thing. They believe their cause is so righteous that they will not spend a moment for introspection on any of us.

Which means more goof-ups for us to watch for at least the next year and a half.

( Here is a short clip under two minutes from MRC-TC from Real Time)

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Poor Little Rich Boy: Self-Loathing Progressive Thinks His Wealth Is Immoral

It never stops being hilarious that the only people who really hate wealth are those that have it.

(But only in between yacht trips and Michelin-ranked dining experiences, one would imagine.)

Vox gives the story today of a young man named Adam who was unaware of his family’s early investment in the burgeoning oil industry that led to him becoming the recipient of trust funds that, according to the relatable graphic novel-esque panel format of the piece, had him receiving loads of cash from BP Oil, Exxon, and Chevron.

Adam is a community organizer and (apparently) a socialist, and he experiences an existential crisis when he finally discovers his “modest” upbringing (because he was surrounded by other wealthy families and his family only sent him to exclusive schools his grandparents paid for and he only vacationed at the local beach *eyeroll*) was actually a front for his extraordinary wealth.

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Adam gets “weird” about wealth once he discovers his family’s dirty little secret. He becomes (gasp!) frugal and tries to give back to the community. And finds jokes about wealthy people uncomfortable. Poor Adam. Never having to worry about paying the rent is hard.

Which leads him to finally ask:

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He ultimately decides that working to help others less privileged is a good way to offset the guilt he feels about being part of the 1% (although he does wring his hands over what it means to him personally that AOC’s policy advisor wants to abolish billionaires, presumably because he’s a fan because she’s not a total policy failure like Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates (he names them)).

I’m not sure how to help Adam deal with the crushing guilt of having money but I do know there are charitable organizations (Gates knows a few) that might help alleviate his pain. And that his position at “Resource Generation, which helps young people (ages 18-35) with wealth and class privilege to become transformative leaders working toward the equitable distribution of wealth, land, and power” is probably less useful than just contributing several thousands at a time to local homeless shelters or health care and/or educational facilities in lower income neighborhoods.

There are literally thousands of way to give.

Don’t feel bad for being rich Adam. I promise you no one who starts out poor and manages to get where you are through hard work feels bad for you. Just try to find it in your conflicted heart to be grateful you’re in a position to help others — and actually help them — and then enjoy your next vacation.

(My colleague Kira Davis wanted me to tip you off to her new podcast episode where she covers the morality of wealth. Give it a listen.)

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Holy Moley, We’re Toast: ATL’s Democratic Socialists Conference Brings the Most Bizarre 49 Seconds You’ll Hear All Month

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Ever wonder what happens at a Democratic Socialists of America convention? According to an August 3rd post by conservative journalist Andy Ngo, it’s this.

I should point out that I can’t corroborate the accuracy of the video’s bizarre audio. It could have been dubbed; you be the judge.

Here we go…

The clip gives us three vignettes of…I don’t even know what to call it. Let’s just take ’em one-by-one.

At the beginning, a girl is heard asserting the following:

“If we’re going to defeat capitalism, we’re going to need a party that will organize working people to fight for the demands that we want and to win socialism. Thank you so much.”

Do any of the people — does even one single person — in the room know the definition of socialism? And of capitalism?

Let’s review:

capitalism: An economic system based on a free market economy in which an individual may own his or her own business.

socialism: An economic system based on monopoly whereby no one can own a business as the government owns all products and means of production.



 

So here’s the girl’s announcement, translated:

“In order for us to keep ourselves from having the freedom to start our own businesses, we’re going to need a party that will organize working people to fight solely against their own interests and accomplish a society in which none of us have recourse against the quality of products and services offered compared to their price. If we work hard, we can assure that we’re never again given a choice as to what we purchase and for how much. The mechanisms of supply and demand will go away, and a select few occupying term-unlimited seats of power will decide what we get and how much will be taken from us in exchange.”

Someone stood in a room full of people and pushed for that.

How is that possible?

Now on to Part 2.

A man spoke up, asking for everyone to stop triggering him:

“Quick point of privilege. Quick point of privilege. Um, guys…I just wanna say, can we please keep the chatter to a minimum? I’m one of the people who’s very prone to sensory overload. There’s a lot of whispering and chatter going on. It’s making it very difficult for me to focus. Please can we just — I know we’re all fresh and ready to go — but can we please just keep the chatter to a minimum? It’s affecting my ability to focus. Thank you.”

A woman replied, “Thank you, Comrade.”

Comrade — that’d be, quizzically, the same title used in Donald Trump’s Evil Empire — Russia.

As for the young guy, can his shirt not hold in his spine? Regardless, everyone stop what they’re doing — “I’m,” “me,” “overload,” “very difficult,” “I,” “my.” “Thank you.”

Something tells me he’s no stranger to a participation trophy.

Ready for Part 3?

Presto:

The moderator asks, “Okay, is there a speaker against name and chapter pronouns?”

She’s interrupted by what sounds like a terribly desperate male voice:

“Point of personal privilege, point of personal privilege. PLEASE DO NOT USE GENDERED LANGUAGE TO ADDRESS EVERYONE.”

She affirms, “Okay.”

What has happened to our world? Where has even low-level strength gone? To what end of the earth has education and understanding jetted off?

These are young people — our nation’s future — coming together to fight against their own self-interests via what I must believe is the lack of a dictionary, as they seem to shudder over sounds and one-syllable words.

Goose = Cooked.

Dear Lord.

-ALEX

 

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Chick-Fil-A Does not Bow to Social Pressure and Becomes Most Favored Restaurant Chain

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One company that does not pay heed to the outrage mob benefits as a result.

It has been a constant item in the news that the fast-food chain Chick-Fil-A is targeted as a hate-filled and intolerant business entity. Activist groups have attempted to stage boycotts on the regular, and their childish bleating has even led to politically liberal municipalities to work against allowing the company to perform basic commercial practice in their areas. It is all part of our new social reality of permissive intolerance made in the name of tolerance.

To its credit the company has been mostly muted in these social skirmishes — and also to its benefit. While the chicken purveyor has been routinely demonized in the press it has remained calmly steadfast in its mission statement, and as a result it has only grown in response. The past few years has seen the chain rise among the most successful franchises in the country, and now it has achieved a new accomplishment — Chick-Fil-A has been voted the country’s favorite fast-food restaurant.

As measured by Market Force, which conducts surveys of diners on a variety of metrics, the chicken chain came in ahead of the 2018 most-favored chain, In-And-Out Burger. This has to be a blow to the various leftist activist groups and other social cranks who have taken up the mantle in recent years of making products political, and food racist. (Judd Legum has made this his career’s sole intent.)

It is difficult to remember back to an era when our commercial buying interests were not fraught with all manner of social implication. These days we accept the infinitely fatiguing reality that we are in a state of perpetual hectoring about our marketplaces. On the one hand there is a nobility to voting with your wallet. We have that freedom in the free market, to elect which products we prefer to purchase with our private funds. But the social scolds have taken it to all new levels of outlandish outrage.

These days we are badgered as to which products support nefarious politicians, who the CEOs are who donate to improper organizations, or what brands advertise on the wrong news channel. “If you buy your son a Louisville Slugger you support those who club baby harp seals!!!” It gets so bad that you have to be aware of not only which product you buy, but that the approved item is sold by the approved store. Sure, that soda may have proceeds that go to Planned Parenthood, but if it was bought at a Wal-Mart you are still an evil conservative hate-monger!

This spending dictate recently reached an asinine level when there was a call for people to start boycotting Home Depot because one of its founders donates to Donald Trump. The claim was buying a hammer puts money in Trump’s pocket, so we should shop at Lowes instead. Three problems with this effort:
1) The founder had retired from Home Depot over 15 years ago.
2) Another founder was a frequent donor to the Democrats
3) Lowes is a primary donor to GOP candidates.

While Chick-Fil-A has been featured frequently in news cycles it differs from many other companies that have been connected to social activist prolix. Unlike examples such as Target Stores (gendered bathrooms), Dick’s Sporting Goods (gun control), or Gillette Razors (toxic males), the chicken chain has not inserted itself into the social discourse; it has always been dragged into the debate. Each of those above companies boldly made an announced virtue stance, and each ended up suffering commercially as a result.

Meanwhile Chick-Fil-A quietly conducted its business, and look at the rewards it is reaping. Market data shows that the chain is taking in more than double the revenue than McDonald’s restaurants — and that is while famously operating with one fewer business day per week. (Some estimates have shown that by closing on Sundays the company is losing out on roughly $1 billion in additional sales annually.)

It seems the outrage culture that draws so much attention actually carries little influence. Not only do their calls for incensed boycotts mostly fail to have an impact, but companies which cater to the crank-set also suffer. Turns out the blowhards do not easily part with cash. Soon enough the corporate suits may start to realize the impotence these activists actually possess.

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