Last weekend, I went to go look up a patent filing at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). It was a
really engaging experienceit's a fascinating site, with filings dating back to 1790. Just for yuks, I decided to explore what it takes to file a
patent. I was in for a rude surprise: The site, and the PTO, demand that all online patent applications be submitted using Microsoft Word.
September 15, 2003