TechDirt: European Patent Agents Go On Strike To Complain About Pressure To Approve Bad Patents
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Started by: zoobabzoobab
Date: 25 Sep 2008 14:31
Number of posts: 1
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Summary:
One of the causes of so many bad patents getting approved lately is screwed up incentives in the patent system. For a while, the US had a de facto system where agents were pushed to approve a patent when in doubt. That's because they were judged on how many patents they went through -- and if they rejected a patent, the applicant could complain and ask for a review -- meaning that the examiner would have to spend more time reviewing that same patent again, decreasing the number of patents they had gotten through, potentially harming their "stats." Thus, it's often easier to just "approve."
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