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Tie Patent Validity To Use In Commerce

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Trademark owners lose their rights when they stop using their trademarks for a prolonged period of time. Why should patents be any different? There is something to be said for the conventional time-limited monopoly, but there are so many abuses of the system now it may be worth limiting that time further if one can prove that the patent holder has no intent to ever actual produce a product based upon the patent's claims.
Supporter: Aaron Greenspan
Opponent: Kern Spinner
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Laws and Regulations, United States Code
35 U.S.C. § 101: Title 35, Part II, Chapter 10, Section 101 (Changes)

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Whoever invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof, and produces or intends to produce goods or services based thereupon, may obtain a patent therefor, subject to the conditions and requirements of this title.

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