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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 02 Feb 2009 12:06
Number of posts: 1
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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) threatens to reverse long-standing patent neutrality, and eliminate an entire class of innovation from eligibility for patenting --- i.e. innovative business processes, by limiting protection only to processes that are “machine-implemented” or that “transform an article to a different state or thing.” This limitation on human ingenuity threatens the future of U.S. innovation and its competitiveness in the global economy, particularly at a time when our economy is most dependent on services and information. [...] Criticism over "trivial" patents that have slipped through an overburdened U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has led to mounting pressure to rein in such abuses and reform the system. Unfortunately, business process innovations have become the scapegoat for these abuses. Trivial patents are a problem that requires a solution, but shutting business-related processes out of patent protection is not that solution.
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