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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satsujinka
Member since:
2010-03-11

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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JonathanBThompson Member since:
2006-05-26

1. While there needs to be better screening of things, the patent system makes far more sense than the alternative.

2. Your idea of charging 5% of yearly income per patent is patently stupid: it will not at all help anything for the patent office, since as soon as you start putting such stupid rates in, companies will declare a tax writeoff, ad perhaps will go to such measures of filing all patents in a batch, keeping in mind that then they'll claim they had no income, or (better yet) a loss, and therefore... what, getting paid for submitting patents? In addition, while it may seem at first to provide a leg-up for "the little guy" where do you think most of the worthless patents come from in the first place?

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koki Member since:
2005-10-17

...is patently stupid

What? Stupidity has also been patented?

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Karitku Member since:
2006-01-12

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.

And how hard would it be to cheat this system, dead simple. Actually whole situation would be worse since it would create more patent troll companies that exists merely to pump money from big corporates. Most of the patents are so hard to accomplish by mere person that it would choke of innovation.

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

And make millions of people unemployed? R&D is one of the biggest employer in western countries since production has moved to china and other cheap places. Patents protect those inventions. If it takes couple of years to innovate something new how long you think it takes to ape it, 5mins. What sane company would spend money or time on R%D when some chinese firm full of apes will come same product in 5mins? Compete with product that needs to cover R&D and production against something that has just production costs, which one you think is going to cost less? Or maybe we all can be employed by Greece goverment.

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