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Charles Tran
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Charles Tran   10/23/2011 10:15:25 AM
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Solyndra management and Board of Directors are disgrace to America and betraying our trusts. We must prosecute the crooks. Politicans are only do whatever it takes to benefits them. We should not let a rotten Apple to ruin our chance for advanced technology and solutions. China and India are effectively leverage and take advantages of the situations. All of our efforts are gone along with battery industry as well, at our risks and expenses. Do not discourage. Current administration has nothing but great intention and purposes, not for their own benefits.

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george.leopold   9/23/2011 12:20:32 AM
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I agree about China needing our R&D, Dr. Divakar. My fear is that Beijing has the resources to cherry-pick the best of it and move the fruits of our R&D to China. In other words, the U.S. needs a manufacturing policy.

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docdivakar   9/21/2011 6:08:43 PM
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@George Leopold: US can still lead in energy R&D, manufacturing efficiencies, energy efficiency R&D (where it is making much progress) and marketing of clean technology. As you say, the demise of the U.S. solar industry may be nearly complete but I think there is plenty of R&D efforts to expended to improve efficiency. The question is who is going to fund these, if not the US/DoE, the Chinese industry? After all, the Chinese do need the US R&D ecosystem... Dr. MP Divakar

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docdivakar   9/21/2011 5:59:59 PM
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@antiquus: you make some valid points above. Much of what patents reveal is really what they try to prevent others from building similar products. Even those 'skilled in the art' will waste many hours/days tryiing to design around & avoid getting lawyer's notices -an awful waste of time! That time could be devoted to true innovation. I would argue upwards of 80% of the patents are an awful waste of every one's time not to mention USPTO's resources! MP Divakar

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antiquus   9/20/2011 8:18:25 PM
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I'm saying that we are not free to implement with them. Innovation in and of itself does not create jobs.... building things creates jobs. The government should buy patents, paying good money to the inventor, and then let the building begin. So much of the "patent" issue revolves around defensive patents: pieces of paper that are used to counteract attacks from people that have other pieces of paper. Many of those arguments go on until the "innovation" is irrelevant, and the lawyers retire. If businesses were free to use, say, the DDR interface without royalties, litigation, or the need to create bulwarks of useless patents, they would be in a position to roll out new products as fast as they could hire people to build them. The government should have a technical council that identifies truly significant innovations, and rewards the inventor. Patent trolls would simply disappear as those innovations go immediately to the good of the general public.

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sharps_eng   9/19/2011 7:04:22 PM
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@antiquus: Are you saying that US patents are not in the public domain?

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antiquus   9/19/2011 5:59:45 PM
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If "American real value is in R&D, innovation, venture capital investment, and start-up manufacturing", then... The U.S. government should invest in patents, and release those into the public domain. Get the lawyers out of the way, and let innovation happen.

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elctrnx_lyf   9/19/2011 4:50:47 PM
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Is the US economy is coming down every day because the technological innovation is not as good as before. It is particularly because there is no break through technologies evolved in electronics industry which is dominated by US till now.What wonders me will US ever come back to become a leader.

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DrQuine   9/18/2011 2:56:10 PM
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Development of innovative technologies is an inherently risky business (even excluding the possibility of fraud). If investments are placed on many promising technologies, we can hope to develop some ground breaking solutions. With technical and financial due diligence, we hope to invest in the most promising opportunities. Without the effort, we can be assured that more innovation will migrate elsewhere.

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KarlFredrik   9/17/2011 9:18:07 AM
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Here's an article from New York Times that goes through chinese support systems: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/09/business/global/09trade.html

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