Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 8th May 2010 17:32 UTC
In the News Whatever products we use, I think we can all agree that the United States patent system and the US Patent and Trademark Office need a serious overhaul. Not only has the USPTO a history of granting ridiculous patents (massive prior art, obviousness, incredibly vague, the USPTO grants them all), it also has a backlog of about 750000 patent applications. The USPTO now has a plan to combat these issues - sadly, they once again display their utter incompetence.
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rather than have the cost be the same for everyone, they should make it dependent on how much the company or person makes. They can then set patent cost at around 5% of ones yearly income and be done with it.

Alternately, we just abolish the patent system because it's a huge mess that no longer makes any sense.

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