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You've got a great idea for a great invention that will make you rich someday?

I wish you luck.

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Unless you've come up with something like the Pet Rock, you may want to learn about how the GATT Treaty has screwed up the patent laws

    Since Bill Clinton signed of the G(eneral) A(greement on)
T(ariffs and) T(rade), the U.S. patent laws were to be changed in the late spring of 1995. Since the change in the patent laws, private inventors such as my self are likely to be looking at hard times.
       Since Barak Obama changed the patent laws to first to file, you can't take your contraption out of the barn to even see if it works with out it getting stolen.
      Now the best job to get is at the Post Office in Washington DC.

     The GATT treaty was initially introduced in foreign countries after the war in 1947 and adopted in several others through 1949. In my opinion, corporations lead the governments to believe that the GATT treaty would speed up the marketing of inventions, but I can assure you that it's not always the case because my inventions as well as many others have attracted no support which means they are just setting on a shelf.

    It was initially an effort to generate productive economies by speeding up the process of getting new inventions on the market. However, the general idea of the GATT treaty was to make it easier for corporations to steal inventions from private inventors. The governments figured that since the corporations owned the manufacturing facilities, the products would reach the market sooner.

    The GATT treaty is an intricate part of what the
W(orld) T(rade) O(rganization) is all about. And the WTO didn't even exist until just after the US became a participant of the GATT Treaty in the late spring of 1995.  

    The way the GATT treaty changed the U.S. patent laws is by the way the time frames of the patent protection terms are set up, and I happen to think
it's about time for someone to mention the significant aspects of the treaty so I'll spell out the two important changes that I'm aware of -- both good and bad.

    A good part concerning copyright laws must have been thrown in just to bring attention to a less significant part. That good part happens to be the Bernie Convention. It's the copyright policies many European countries go by and supposedly enforce.

    The good thing about the Bernie Convention's policies is that to protect copyrights, one doesn't have to use the symbol, the year created, or the "All Rights Reserved," somewhere on the copyrighted material. However; a stern warning: not all countries belong to or adhere to the Bernie Convention. In fact in some countries you must include, "All Rights Reserved," to be able to enforce the serial rights which are for motion pictures, recorded, and products in relation, (as in toy figurines) to the copyrighted material. Therefore, the Bernie Convention may only create a false sense of security for the unaware. To be safe one who is creating copyrighted material must label their creations as fallows: Use the spelled out word,
"Copyright" or the symbol followed by the name of the creator, the year that it was created, and "All Rights Reserved."

    The bad aspect of the GATT treaty is the way the terms of the patent laws are setup.

In the US prior to the GATT treaty; the patent terms on a utility type invention was 17 years of ownership, monopoly, and protection granted for the inventor from the time the patent was granted. That meant that the term didn't start ticking away until after the patent pending period and the patent was granted. The patent pending process usually took two to three years, (the time from when the patent applications were filed to the time when the patent was granted,) before the term would start to tick away. The GATT treaty changed the terms to 20 years from the time the application is filed. Therefore: the clock is ticking as soon as the application is filed and during the patent pending process when there isn't any protection that would guaranty return for investment.

Since the clock is ticking as soon as a pending application has been filed; the thought of corporations supplementing the private inventors as an effort to get the clock ticking is almost none existent. Instead of helping an inventor during the patent pending process, industries are prone to make sure an inventor can't afford a patent attorney during the patent pending process and sabotage one's ability to secure a patent.  

If you wonder about how the problem arrive as a result of the way the GATT Treaty has the patent terms set up, you may want to check out

Rule Number 8  
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Then if you are interested in the result of the way the GATT Treaty's patent terms -
The Part -- You May Not Like

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