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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RE: Again...
by DrillSgt on Sun 9th May 2010 01:04 UTC in reply to "Again..."
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-When every inventor is dead, put the invention in public domain, and forbid new patents on it

Well, patents expire 20 years after the application was filed. That is 14 years for design patents. Once a patent expires, it cannot be granted again, and extensions can only be granted by a special act of congress.

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