The Barack Obama Administration was a very bad era in the nation’s Intellectual Property (IP) history.
The Obama Administration was chock full of historic firsts. To wit: It was almost unquestionably the administration most hostile ever to IP and its protection.
Perhaps the administration’s most egregious act? Inventing a whole new way to attack patents – by abusing antitrust law.
To demonstrate the obnoxiousness of this – let’s define a couple of terms.
Patent: “(A) government authority or license conferring a right or title for a set period, especially the sole right to exclude others from making, using, or selling an invention.”
Antitrust: “(C)onsisting of laws to protect trade and commerce from unlawful restraints.…”
Get that? Patents are the government – granting exclusive usage. Antitrust are the laws – prohibiting unlawful restraints. (more…)