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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Alex Forster
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Stop awarding so many patents and people will stop filing patent applications every time they take a novel new shit.

If they have people trying to come up with ways to fix the backlog problem, and this ended up being their brilliant solution, they must have consciously rejected the idea of stricter patent criteria. They didn't just not think of it - they actively rejected it.

Edited 2010-05-08 18:27 UTC

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