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Thursday, June 30, 2005

USPTO Needs Reforms

With all the resent court cases and news articles surrounding technology patents, the United States Patent and Trademark Office needs to be gutted and reemed. They need to get some people in there that understand technology and get public feedback on patent applications before they approve them. I am all for inventors and businesses being able to protect their work and their interests, but some of the patents being approved these days are laughable. It is only a matter of time before the USPTO is completely irrelevant because the patents they approve mean nothing.

Some dumb patents (all in the news in the past month):

Here is an press release from The Progress and Freedom Foundation advocating an overhaul of the USPTO. They argue for a test to see if the patent is viable - whether it meets the uniqueness standard. Public review and technology-savvy employees at the USPTO would be nice.


  • Another absurd Patent I came across last night was for Sony's Method and system for generating sensory data onto the human neural cortex. This is basically them patenting the idea of the matrix for use in video games and entertainment. So, they have a patent on the technology that they haven't even been able to create yet, just the idea. This is stifling innovation right there. If I were to come up with a way to actually do it, I couldn't because they already have the patent. And where does Sony get off...I'm pretty sure the Wachowski brothers came up with the idea. Surely, taking their idea and saying we would do that in video games isn't worth a patent.

    By Blogger Bill Blankmeyer, at 01 July, 2005 08:59  

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