Manufacturing in America
Manufacturing in America
It has been my strong and ever constant belief that manufacturing creates wealth of a nation most reliably. Sure, agriculture and mining are important sources of wealth creation, however, nothing beats manufacturing in employee numbers and their pay, ecological sustainability and stability of revenue. Back during 50’s through 70’s, every town of our country had some manufacturing businesses humming, and our middle class was happy, prosperous and stable. I don’t wish to sound like a broken record player. But the prejudice against manufacturing as dirty, dead-end jobs compared to the white-collar workers in the air-conditioned offices neatly shuffling papers worked to un-popularize manufacturing.
Fast forward 50 years in time: Now America imports almost all manufactured goods including even such strategically and societally important items as aircrafts, trains, automobiles, construction machineries, factory machine tools and a long list of other necessities. The result is that we have an $18 Trillion in debt, 17% under-employment and near 7% unemployment, and we are about to default in debt payment. In 50 years, America fell from the undisputed top of the world manufacturers’ rank to just about nothing. What a decline!
Writing a column of inventions now wouldn’t cure this situation overnight. However, somebody has to do it. Civilization is about invention. The person who invented spear made out stone 3.4 million years ago literally started this human civilization. So, why can’t we get our people to invent more? Inventions start factories, and factories start more factories, and thus wealth of this nation is created faster.
So far so good? Well, there is this little nasty problem before people can freely invent. That is the fact that amateur inventors do not know the mechanism of how to get his/her concept to workable system/product, and even get them to patent.
I noticed one thing. Almost nobody has gone through from the original concept to patent application, patent argument with examiner, and finally the claim receives a patent. I receive many inquiries through email, and these inventors seem to have plunged into getting patents by spending their life savings on IP lawyers. Furthermore, after they receive patents, they do not know how to monetize the patent, let alone let the world know about it.
On Sunday October 13th, 2013 I announced my own concept of a system that prevents texting while driving (TWD) on Portsmouth Herald and on Monday 14th on Union Leader. This is called “publishing” or “public announcement”, and that date is very important. Why? Because now according to the current US patent law, I have only one year to apply for a patent(s) – with due date of October 12th, 2014. If I hadn’t announced the concept like I did, I would be applying for a provisional patent. The provisional patent would allow me to apply for the US Patent upon being allowed for a provisional patent, and this could be as long as one year. I thought that would be just too long a process for the purpose of this column.
Now readers can watch as we progress through the patent office system to finally arrive at a patent or two about the automatic prevention of TWD. This concept requires both modification to automobiles as well as writing an app for smart phones. This drama would be very interesting and beneficial for would-be inventors, as they don’t have to spend any money of their own to see the process unfold in front of their very eyes.
Soon after my column appeared on the Internet or print, I received this email from a man calling himself Charles Kelly as shown below.
Charles Kelly, Kelly & Smith PC
I have some idea what this man is looking for or telling me, but obviously this sender doesn’t wish to clarify. Now you are glimpsing the murky world of patents for the first time. You are witnessing this exciting patent world from the first class seats.