Trademark News & Screw-ups Trump's effort to make America great must include strengthening intellectual property rights

100% agree with this statement: "...the cost of obtaining and defending an American patent is at an all-time high, while the value of a patent is at an all-time low." Intellectual property was designed to help the little guy. Often, IP is the only thing that allows the little guy to compete with big guys, who—with all their money they can dump on advertising and litigation—don't really need protections conferred by intellectual property as much as little guys do. Patents take forever to get registered, they don't last very long, they cost a fortune to get, examination of patents creates a whole lot of uncertainty as to what would be patentable and what wouldn't—and, to add insult to injury, enforcing a patent is outside of what most small businesses can afford. To start with, let's stop calling anyone who dares enforce their IP rights a troll!

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