March 21, 2001

Has the US patent office really reformed?

Author: JT Smith

From "According to a brief article in today's Wall Street Journal entitled 'Fewer Patents on
Methods Get Clearance,' the U.S. PTO 'has drastically reduced the pace of issuing
controversial business-method patents, by setting up bureaucratic roadblocks that have
angered some information-technology investors.' Is this claim significant? Has the U.S.
government truly reformed its habit of granting patents to business methods? I think the
answer's 'No' for two reasons."
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