Shana McCart-Pollak

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    Dear Voter,

    I am the patent owner of my “Lots of Love Buddies” concept and IP.  The reason I am seeking a position on the Patent Public Advisory Committee is simple: I never want another inventor to have to go through what my family and I have, and I will relentlessly fight for inventor’s rights.

    The PPAC would be an amazing opportunity to have my voice heard and to turn my passion for inventors’ rights into real change in a broken system. In my quest for justice, I have been representing myself as a Pro Se Litigant for the last 5 years in the Federal Judicial System, where there are over 475 filings against an original Shark on Shark Tank. This experience has given me a unique perspective on the pitfalls and biases that not only inventors, but Pro Se Litigants face as well. It has also provided me with a wealth of knowledge concerning the Constitution, as well as, Supreme and Circuit Court case laws, which are meant to protect us. Instead,  they are  currently being ignored to the detriment of inventors.

    For years, I thought what had happened to me was an isolated incident. However, through connecting and listening to other inventors and their stories over the last few years, I have learned that it is actually rampant. The realization that I am not alone, lit a fire in me. This is where my advocacy began.  Article 1 section 8 clause 8 – of the Constitution gives Congress the power “To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.”  I am passionate about getting this right restored so that inventors are compensated when others are unjustly enriched off of the inventors “exclusive” IP rights.

    To further my advocacy, I flew out to a Patent and Trademark Appeal Board (“PTAB”) trial, to not only support a fellow inventor, but to gain insight into the extent of inventors’ rights being violated. There, I witnessed an Emmy and Academy Award winning inventor have his decades-old patent INVALIDATED. This is when I realized just how broken the system is.  The PTAB, as is, is a direct violation of our Seventh Amendment Right to a Jury Trial.  Not only are large corporations using this “unconstitutional” PTAB as a weapon against inventors and their patent(s) in order to circumvent a jury trial, but unlike the Federal Courts, the PTAB allows corporations to take multiple stabs at an inventor’s patent(s).

    What I believe the PPAC is lacking, and what I can bring to the table, is the voice of a small entity inventor who has personally been affected, and is still currently in the trenches. The “Mom and Pop” inventor’s community are the ones who need the most protection and need their voices heard. I believe my voice and experiences would be impactful. The platform on which I stand has been built brick by brick by the injustices I have personally encountered throughout the years. My addition to this committee would shed light directly on the perils inventor’s face, ensuring that they could no longer turn a blind eye to the short-comings of the current system.

    Respectfully submitted,

    Shana McCart-Pollak