Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Constitutional Patent Crisis

LawPundit's Andis Kaulins details the steady expansion of the government-granted 'rights' given to the intellectual monopoly regime from its narrowly imagined constitutional basis, enshrined by our founders over 200 years ago. His well-written opinion is backed up with many examples and is steeped in historical fact. Of course, that doesn't stop Patent Prospector's Gary Odom from refuting his arguments by claiming that the author enjoys "his rich fantasy life," but apparently not in "solitude," because Kaulins uses the word "we" to refer to himself. Unfortunately, that type of ad hominem attack and diversionary quibbles about speaking in the third person says a lot about the current level of debate that the IP-maximalist crowd engages in these days.

Updated to correct misquote.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andis Kaulins is a moron...

Can't believe he has a JD degree...

7:54 AM  
Anonymous jorge said...

Speaking of ad-hominem attacks, isn't it ironic that anonymous said,

'Andis Kaulins is a moron...'

and then didn't refute any of the real arguments...

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"ironic"? I think "sad" is the more appropriate word.

9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Andis certainly comes across as much more reasonable than Gary Odom.

I mean, if you don't agree, why not at least try to talk about why you don't agree. Maybe its because Odom doesn't have any arguments or facts on his side?

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You misquoted my posting in The Patent Prospector.

I said about Kaulins "not enjoying his rich fantasy life in solitude, he does refer to himself as "we"," not, as you wrote, that he "enjoys "his rich fantasy life in solitude"."

Imagination is the spark of invention. I too enjoy a rich fantasy life, though I confine it to what could be, not a misconstruction of what is or what was. Where a rich fantasy life becomes a problem is in denial of reality. Kaulins' statements speak for themselves in that regard, and the rest of my posting was simply a reportage of Kaulins' statements, not a commentary.

If you're in Kaulins' camp, you'd take ready insult at any disapproval, particularly since you've squared off against history and the entire patent practitioning community.

I did Kaulins the courtesy of publicizing his views.

Gary Odom aka Patent Hawk

1:37 PM  
Blogger Jackson Lenford said...

Gary,

I've revised the post, but I may need you help to make it more accurate.

'not enjoying his rich fantasy life in solitude, he does refer to himself as "we"'

To me, that still seems to say that you think he enjoys his "rich fantasy life," but he's just not doing it in solitude anymore, implying he has the mental delusion that he is more than one person.

That's not what you meant by the above quote?

11:34 AM  

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