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Is the U.S. Losing Its Edge in Tech?
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2008 09:04:04 -0400

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From: "Ronald J Riley \(RJR-com\)" <rjr () rjriley com>
Date: September 17, 2008 7:58:00 AM EDT
To: <dave () farber net>
Subject: RE: [IP] Is the U.S. Losing Its Edge in Tech?

Dave for IP if you wish.

Most certainly the view from the ranks of the Business Software Alliance and the Coalition for Patent Fairness is that member companies are losing their edge. But I submit this is the natural evolution of bigger companies. They
all lose their edge over time.

There are plenty of vibrant inventive companies rising to take the lead but they are not going to be members of the Business Software Alliance anytime

Companies evolve as they age.  They change from serious inventors to
incremental inventors. They often become patent pirating bullies preying on
the younger companies who have produced the inventions they need to stay

They get attitude adjustments for their predatory conduct and eventually
figure out that buying inventions based companies or licensing is the right way to continue to prosper. GE and J&J are both examples of companies which
finally accepted that it is unlikely that they will produce the really
important inventions and that it is much safer to bring new blood into the
companies ethically.

Members of the Business Software Alliance have not figured their out yet.
Growing up is always a painful process :)

Ronald J. Riley,

Speaking only on my own behalf.
President - www.PIAUSA.org - RJR at PIAUSA.org
Executive Director - www.InventorEd.org - RJR at InvEd.org
Senior Fellow - www.patentPolicy.org
President - Alliance for American Innovation
Caretaker of Intellectual Property Creators on behalf of deceased founder
Paul Heckel
Washington, DC
Direct (202) 318-1595 - 9 am to 9 pm EST.

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