November 3, 2012
News - Testifying in Front of th…
about 2 years ago
Thank you, both for the time and effort this involved and for reporting back on it.
I generally agree with your patent policy remarks, but urge that more attention must be directed to making such policy actually work. Every patent reform act in the last 20 years has seen the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) ask for and get more money to hire and train more examiners, and the net result has been that the USPTO has become a place where dreams go to die. patent application allowance rates are pretty much at an all time low yet dissatisfaction with the patent system is at an all time high. In my opinion, as a registered patent attorney, the overall quality of patent examiners, patent application examination, and issuing patents have gotten much worse. Top level policy is all well and good, but when we charge bureaucrats with implementation and fund, fund, and fund them again to do so and the system only gets worse, it is time to work on bottom level policy too.
Having quality patents would go a long way towards reining in patent trolls, which use unduly broad patents as bully clubs to extort high royalties. Similarly, quality patents would go a long way towards acceptance of the monopolistic aspects of patents, if the public could see that there truly has been innovation and that the time limited monopoly of a patent is a just reward for that. Quality patents have to be the foundation on which a patent system is built, or that system will fail.
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