TheCorner: Patent Reviews
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 20 Jan 2009 00:11
Number of posts: 1
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If we had a well-designed patent system in which only high-quality patents were issued, it would be much harder for patent trolls to engage in . . . abusive behaviors. . . . The reason patent trolling is so profitable is that over the last quarter century the courts have expanded patenting into new areas like software and business methods, and dramatically lowered the bar for receiving a patent. As a result, patents that would have been rejected 30 years ago (like this ridiculous patent on removing white space from database entries, which IBM received earlier this month) are now routinely approved by the Patent Office. As a result, patent trolls are able to buy up low-quality patents by the truckload.
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