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Rule Number Eight

There has always been the question as to whether I just made this s_it up. Well to be honest with you, if I possessed that kind of imagination, I'd just write a holiday picnic romance script and sell it to Hollywood. It's would be much easier since a film script isn't much more than a hundred pages and that would be much less work than the 600 pages with over 295,000 words I've written for my book, Burning Down the House.
        The fact is; I don't have to make anything up because - just as in Stupid Rule No. 8 - the shit just falls into my hands; and all I have to do is write it down.
        In my case: It's my impression that if Clinton would not have signed the GATT treaty; the big three auto manufactures would've been knocking on my door soon after I filed my first patent application. It's my guess they would have felt fortunate that a private entity had come up with the invention. I feel they all would have come together so that each one of them would have come together to arrange a license agreement and none of them would have been excluded from marketing it.

    Basically I would have created a parent corporation which would have had a subsidiary company created for each one of them. This would have been so that they all would have had their own hand in their own bag and would have received profits to make up for the loss of the amount of trucks sold. In all actually, there would have been a rush on truck sales before leveling off and then declining a little over time. But as you probably already know, volumes usually don't decrease much, especially if the efficacy of a product is increased. Smaller companies that would have bought a truck with my system to take place of a number of the old style trucks would find that the cost effectiveness of my trucks would permit building a fleet they originally didn't plan on. And the other hand; larger companies which have larger fleets of trucks would have scaled back on the number of units to maintain as a way of creating a more efficient company.

    It isn't hard to think that prior to the signing of the GATT treaty; one would think that the auto manufactures goal would be to get me a patent issued on the invention as soon as possible so that the 17 years of protection would run out at an earlier time. Of course they would try to cause delay in the production of my inventions, but it only makes sense that they would want to get license deals out of me and sooner or later, to be able to set up production so they would have some advantage when the patent term expired. Basically, in the end, my parent corporation would have been just another parts supplier, and of course, the parent company would also be left with the task of supplying accessories to the customers of the product also.

But instead we got the GATT treaty….

We hear them say: "Shit his time is already ticking. Let's keep him broke so he can't afford an attorney. It could take him ten years to get a patent if he's lucky at all. We know investors will be reluctant to invest into something that isn't a for sure thing. Therefore we'll make it sound like he doesn't have a chance. Hell he won't have a chance because we'll start out by having his phone rigged. We'll call up his answer machine - record his outgoing message onto one of ours. Cut into his phone line with a double pull double throw switch to make his calls come to us when we want them to. We'll use caller ID so we can control when we want the call to go through and when not. We'll pre-screen his calls while he's away. We can even hook up some-one else's phone line to his with another double pull double throw switch so his phone still rings once in awhile. This way his phone will still work, but he'll discover that most of the time it will be a person calling the wrong number. Hell, we can even do it remote to the phone company’s junction box just up the street form his place."

    If he dials 1 first, we know he's trying to make a long distance phone call by just the tone of it. We can interrupt his phone calls with one of those, "Sorry your call can not go though as dialed," recordings, and then figure out where he's calling by the time he makes his second or third attempt. Then we decide we want to let the call go through, we can flip the switch putting him back on his own line so that he'll get the charge for it on his long distance phone bill. He won't even know his local calls are going out on someone else's line.

    They weren't as good at it as they could have been because I learned that long distant calls would never go through on the first try and they showed inconsistencies in their messages. Like one time on my first try the pre-recorded message used was, "Sorry the number you dialed can not go through as dialed," but then on the second try to the same number the messages would be inconsistent as in, "The number you've just call is not working at this time." Basically I learned that each try to the same number within minute of each other, there would be different pre-recorded announcements. I learned if they didn't want me to call somewhere like the Hydraulic Pneumatic magazine's publishing company, they just simply wouldn't let it got through no matter how many times I'd try. One time while trying to call the magazine, I learned how to out smart them at their game. All I did was call information for the number and let information dial the number for me. I got right through. But then, who would I want to call that could actually be able to make a difference in a long run?  

    The thing that makes things a little more involved than just a cut into the line anywhere along the line between me and the phone company is the Caller ID part. The thing is: I didn't have Caller ID and the charge for it didn't appear on my phone bill. Therefore it was an inside job, which isn’t so difficult if you think about it. Just think about all the corporate mergers going on now days. Everybody owns a little bit of everyone else in the corporate world. You should realize that the dirty phone tricks I have experienced can simply be arranged and could have been done by a number of different organizations.   

    For the one and only construction company I worked for to go strait through, they would have had to have caller ID, or the out going calls at the construction company monitored by the tones of the numbers dialed. Which sounds like the hard way to go about it, don't you?

    Now the US mail is another thing. That's the government’s label and responsibility there, but if it isn't only the government's actions controlling what I receive in the mail. The reality is that most letters are scanned by automatic sorters. I'm sure the sorters can flag any mail going to any certain name or address. I've learned to refrain from using my real name and address for the return address. Can you tell me it isn't possible for Affirmative Action to have someone working on the inside?

    For those who may doubt the possibility of the way my phone and mail has been rigged, I'll ask one question: How come after passing out hundreds of flyers, hundreds of ruff drafts on computer disks and hundreds of books containing such things as my name, phone number, pager number, and address on it; how come I've never received at least one letter or phone calls in reply?

Now you might be thinking: Gee, now he's claiming that his mail is rigged too. So then I better list some things that are well documented.

    First off is there is a requirement when filing a patent application in Great Britain. In order to get the same filing date priority as in the US -- the inventor has to supply two certified copies of the original patent application -- from the United States Patent Office. The documents cost $15.00 each. There is a deadline for the arrival of such documents at the UK Patent Office. The due date in my case was on about the 24th of January. I sent my money and request to the US Patent & Trademark Office in mid November. At the time I thought there would have been plenty of time to spare.

    I got my cancelled check back from the bank, but never received the certified copies. Then in mid December, I called the USPTO to find out if they had sent the two certified copies of the original patent application. The guy there said that the USPTO had sent them and even told me of the date they were mailed out, which happened to be within two or three days of receiving my request. He was nice enough to send out another couple of the certified copies and even told me when he expected them to arrive. Well -- they never arrived and before I knew it -- it was already January. Therefore, the next time I called, I had my credit card handy. I said, "Hear, take down my credit card number and Fed Ex® them directly to Great Britain."

    Sure enough, they made it to Great Britain and from that point on – I've learned you've got to get a receipt from priority mail or have someone sign for the buggers or they simply won't get there.

    Then about another year down later and I received my first office action from the US patent office. The envelope had either been steamed open or had some type of heat gun used on it. It had been resealed with a strip of cellophane tape. Every envelope from the USPTO that followed arrived resealed with cellophane tape. (Mind you, that its top secrete and confidential information in these office actions.)

    Then one day, I found myself on the phone with a lady at the patent and trademark office. We had about a half hour long discussion about the things I was experiencing and the way the envelopes were arriving in the mail. She said that they never use tape to seal office action letters.

    Every office action that followed our conversation
wasn't sealed with a strip of tape.

    With the lack of motivation for helping the private inventors get the patents granted on inventions, you may see why these inventors often find themselves in the poor house or in the worse case scenario -- end up dead.

    With the GATT treaty, a private inventor is lucky to keep a steady job. They are fortunate to stay alive and receive a patent at all. If they manage to get one in 10 years, they will only get 10 years of true protection. You may see why many inventers have to hope their invention isn't obsolete by the time they receive their patent.

Now the U.S. Congress has even went a step further in causing interference for the private inventor. They opted for the 18 month sneak peek (the publishing) of pending applications that other countries have in their policies. Good thing the US policy only pertains to the applications having sister applications pending in foreign countries. The problem with it is that the publication lets the public, (or should I say usually "corporations,") see the pending applications.

    In the US prior to the signing of the GATT treaty, patent applications were to be kept trade secrete until the patent was granted. That was so that if the patent office didn't grant a patent on the invention, the inventor still had a trade secret if he chose not to exploit his or her invention during the patent pending process or there after. (This can be done with the use of signed confidential statements anytime the invention is disclosed to anyone. But you must consider the limitations a piece of paper has.)

    I would have had second thoughts about filing in a foreign country, but I realized the interference brought on by any eighteen month sneak peek publication in foreign countries could be nothing compared to what I've had already experienced in the US because of the conspiracy following the fire.

I considered filing in other countries as a safe guard to make sure that some corporation couldn't file for my invention. (That is if my application would have ended up being abandoned because of lack of funds, or the beneficiaries in my will didn't take over responsibility and ownership of the pending application.) Someone else would have been able to file another application on my inventions and very well walked away with a patent on my ideas. But since I filed in a foreign country my invention was to be published in my name, therefore only I or a beneficiary can receive a patent on my invention. So it's safe to say, the negative aspects of foreign patent laws worked in my favour in this particular case.  
I have a clipping of a newspaper article written by David Judson, for the Gannet News Service. In the article, it quotes an inventor named, Ronald Railey of Michigan who is head of the Professional Inventors Alliance. It mentioned his concern of a bill that would allow the eighteen month sneak peek rules to be adopted in the US as it is done in many foreign countries. He said, "If this bill passes, I'm done filing."

I'm sure he knows that all hell breaks loose if the US government publishes inventions while they'e pending because he said, "This bill is no more than a license to steal."

    As I've already stated: at this present time Congress had already adopted the eighteen month sneak peak, only if it is being published in a foreign country already. Basically, if you don't file in a foreign country, the US patent office is not supposed to publish the invention. But never the less, Congress has already swindled the law in half way.

A peculiar thing happened at a little over a month away from my application being published in Great Britain. I heard people on the street counting down the days to the up and coming date of publication. I was amazed when I heard them counting down the days before I did. It was their impression that once my invention was published, that nobody but me could receive a patent on my method of dump. As a result, the people on the street had heard that I would receive help in my efforts to get my inventions on the market. In my journal I had to write, "Is it 36 or 37 days after today?" The strange thing about it is that, two days before the publication date, we found ourselves smack dab in the middle of the Kosovo war.

You may fined it hard to believe that such things can have anything to do with each other, but then again, you have to realize how many journalist are running around the globe covering the news stories you see on the television every day. They need a Michel Jackson, Schapelle Corby, bombings, or somewhere to go, for news to cover. It's an industry that is feed by the mighty advertising dollar. Those advertising dollar squelch everything that is undesirable to them. It's called censorship in my book; not exactly what they call: freedom of speech.

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