Patent Office Accepts Nominations for Advisory Committee

Posted 27 Apr 2000 at 18:38 UTC by dmarti Share This

Patent reform activist Mr. Bad of Pigdog Journal has nominated Richard Stallman and others for USPTO's advisory committee, and reports a "polite" response. The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 28th.

He writes, "It turns out that there's a Patent Advisory Committee at the USPTO. The nominations are open to the public, which means with a little organizing we could get someone friendly to the cause into one of the seats. IMAGINE THAT! A man (or woman) on the inside, sitting at the meetings where patent decisions are made."

Pigdog Journal article: Get One of Ours Onto the Patent Committee
Instructions and announcement from the Federal Register

Have the nominees accepted?, posted 27 Apr 2000 at 19:19 UTC by logic » (Journeyer)

Have any of the nominees he mentions accepted? I'd hate to nominate one of those people (as appropriate as they might seem) if they won't take on the position.

RMS says yes., posted 27 Apr 2000 at 20:24 UTC by dmarti » (Master)

I have checked with Richard Stallman and he has agreed to serve on the committee.

I'm not so sure about RMS..., posted 27 Apr 2000 at 21:36 UTC by argent » (Master)

I can think of a number of people I would rather have on the committee than RMS. He's not the most diplomatic man in the world, and having him alienate the rest of the committee would not be to our benefit.

Better than RMS? Go for it., posted 27 Apr 2000 at 21:56 UTC by dmarti » (Master)

Better nominees than RMS? Sounds good to me -- send them in. All it takes is one email.

so nominate your own candidate, posted 27 Apr 2000 at 21:58 UTC by crackmonkey » (Master)

Well, that's the beauty of these nominations, argent. You can nominate someone you feel is appropriate!

I've nominated ESR, posted 28 Apr 2000 at 13:48 UTC by philhunt » (Journeyer)

I think Eric Raymond is more suited to working on a committee than Richard Stallman, so I've nominated him instead.

RMS seems good to me, posted 28 Apr 2000 at 20:21 UTC by data » (Journeyer)

I've nominated RMS; I think it likely that the Committee would benefit greatly from his stubbornness. He'd only be one seat on it anyway. Besides, the man is extremely articulate, and has certainly got the credentials to defend the anti-software-patent position. But I don't object to any of the other candidates.

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