|Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, July 19 2012 @ 01:28 PM EDT|
|Well. There's one penalty -- the application fee. The |
problem is that the fee is low and covers the entire
application. This encourages lawyers to waste the time of
This would actually be easy and cash-flow generating to fix.
(a) Broaden rules regarding obviousness.
(b) Allow rejection for vagueness (patents need to be useful
(c) Enter all prior submissions into a database and allow
their use as prior art for any unrelated submissions.
(d) Charge geometrically increasing fees for amending and
resubmitting a patent.
I believe that, if this was done, 80% of all future patent
problems would dissipate. (Suddenly, finding prior art
would become a high, high priority at the USPTO...they'd
probably even put up a crowd-sourced website - with
The current mess would remain.
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