June 27, 2011

Patent Reform - If Your Head Hurt Before . . .

For those who are curious about the "patent reform" bill working its way through the U.S. Congress, Groklaw has a critical summary of the changes. "And where are most of those 'fixes' aimed? At addressing the reexamination of patents that contain claims that likely should have never been allowed. Doesn't it make more sense to focus and invest on achieving thorough examinations in the first place? Well, yes, it does, but there are serious interests out there that really don't want that to happen. Why? Because regardless of whether a claim is ultimately found valid, a patent has value by its mere existence because of the high cost of patent litigation. This legislation is not going to fix that problem."

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