On Wed, Sep 06, 2000 at 07:43:36PM -0700, Trent Piepho wrote:
> I'm not talking about the patent examiners who rubber stamp the patents, but
> rather people like Q. Todd Dickinson, director of the PTO and an IP lawyer.
> It people like him who are responsible for the "patent everything, let the
> courts sort it out" policy of the PTO.  It's also people like him who benefit
> most from this policy.

The PTO doesn't have much choice.  Current backlog results in a 2-4 year
wait after filing date for a decision.  A thorough examination would
mean even longer waits, and that would make the entire patent process
less useful.

Also, most patents these days are filed for the sole purpose of protection
against litigation as opposed to starting one.  Such patents are
practically unenforceable...and therefore worthless.

Dave Ahn | ahn at vec.wfubmc.edu | Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

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