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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Turn back the clock instead
by DrillSgt on Sat 8th May 2010 23:55 UTC
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Maybe they should go back to the way it used to be, where a person had to actually have a working prototype before requesting a patent. That alone would drop the load considerably. For software patents, they should be kicked to the curb anyway as there is only so many ways to do math.

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