Another reason I don’t like Rep. Paul Ryan…

…is here:

Inventors and entrepreneurs who would like to see the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office keep the fees it collects – rather than have the agency further decimated by congressional raids on its funds – have a powerful and newly outspoken opponent.

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has signed a strongly worded letter to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, objecting to a key provision in pending patent-reform legislation that would let the patent office retain those fees and spend them on rebuilding itself after years of underfunding.

I could never vote for Ryan. With the exception of his good Medicare reform idea, he is firmly in the BigGov/BigBiz part of the Republican party. I am not.

More background on this issue here:

Reacting to Congress’ decision to raid another $100 million from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the agency’s director has thrown the brakes on nearly every one of its planned internal reforms, triggering new warnings that the congressional action will cause a “catastrophic” setback for American innovation, competitiveness and job creation.

“It’s a tax imposed on innovators,” said Paul Michel, recently retired chief justice of the federal court in Washington, D.C., that handles patent cases.

Because the patent office is structured to be self-supporting by charging fees without costing taxpayers a penny, Congress effectively has helped itself to funds that belong to garage entrepreneurs, start-ups and inventors, Michel said Monday.

“Instead of helping innovators by speeding the patent system, Congress is impeding innovators by taxing their innovations,” he said.

I hope more incumbents are turned out of Congress in 2014.

3 Responses

  1. A tax that makes a government process less efficient? Blech . . .

    • How does it make Gov less efficient? The PTO face increasing time backlogs. The PTO should be self-sufficient except the money is siphoned off to make the overall deficit look smaller. Entrepreneurs are hurt and the innovation do not receive timely protection. Existing BigBig likes that part. I think that is why Rep. Ryan is okay with it. His medicare idea is good. On pretty much everything else he is wrongheaded.

      I guess wrongheaded but youthful with good hair matters much to lots of people.

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