PatentCenter: 10 Suggestions to Solve the Patent Crisis
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 16 Dec 2007 21:57
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
According to the PTO's own numbers, average pendency is out of control. In the area that may be the most time sensitive (i.e., inventions dealing with computer architecture, software and information security) the average time to a First Office Action on the Merits in FY 2006 was 30.8 months. The total average pendency of these applications in FY 2006 was 44.0 months. Obviously, a patent sytsem that cannot come to resolution on such time sensitive inventions in shorter than 4 years is broken. Soon there will be no reason for people to even file patent applications in this area, which defeats the entire purpose of the patent system.
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