By Joseph N. Hosteny of Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro
Regular IP Today columnist Joseph N. Hosteny is an intellectual property litigation attorney with the Chicago law firm of Niro, Scavone, Haller & Niro. A Registered Professional Engineer and former Assistant US Attorney, his articles have also appeared in Corporate Counsel Magazine, The Docket (American Corporate Counsel Association), American Medical News, Inventors’ Digest, Litigation Magazine and Assembly Engineering Magazine. Mr. Hosteny can be reached at (312) 236-0733, or by e-mail at email@example.com, or by visiting his web site at http://www.hosteny.com.
Life is change, it seems, except when it comes to the Patent Office. There, time stands still. On December 17, 1921, The New York Times commented that:
Inventions are the main builders of American manufactures. Nine-tenths of our industries have sprung from patents. They are the great makers of employment, the creators of new channels for labor.
The Times’ observation was certainly true. The inventions of the late eighteenth and early twentieth centuries include Otis’s elevator, the typewriter, the linotype, the washing machine, the zipper, the radio, the automobile and the airplane. Skyscrapers, modern printing and publishing, a...