Tag Archive for patent quality

Proposed PTO Case Studies Show Common Concerns

The USPTO recently requested proposals for case studies that the Office might do in order to improve patent prosecution. There were over 100 proposals submitted from associations, companies, law firms, and individuals. There are definitely some proposals that the USPTO should use. I’m hoping that at the USPTO’s Patent Quality Community Symposium on Wednesday, some…

Watch John Oliver Take on Patent Trolls: Annotated Edition

John Oliver has covered an impressive amount of tech policy issues on his weekly HBO show Last Week Tonight, the National Journal points out, and he continued this last night, discussing patents and patent reform. Oliver touched on many issues that are familiar to Patent Progress readers: abstract patents and patent quality, trolls suing end…

Examiners Need the Right Tools to Improve Patent Quality

“Patent quality” is one of those terms that gets thrown around a lot. Everyone, it seems, agrees that the could do a better job on patent quality. Why is it that poor quality patents issue in the first place? This is a simple question with a complicated answer. In this post, I’ll look at one…

If Everyone’s Doing It, How Can It Be Innovative?

Dennis Crouch over at Patently-O reports that for Fiscal Year 2014 (which just ended), the granted a record number of utility patents, over 300,000. Dennis determines that this results in an allowance rate of about 70%. Think about that – 70% of patent applications result in a patent. Doesn’t that seem at odds with the…

Patent Quality Matters: Having a Patent Doesn’t Make a Person an Inventor

One recurring theme coming from the anti-patent reform folks has been the idea that we shouldn’t prevent or limit inventors from getting the rewards they deserve. Take this tweet for example: This is particularly true in the techonology sector. #PatentsMatter #ip #patents #patentreform pic.twitter.com/vcHvBj1yG5 — Save the Inventor (@SavetheInventor) September 2, 2014 It’s tough to…

The PTO’s Culture of Poor Quality Patents

There have been a few scandals at the USPTO in recent weeks. First was a report of nepotism in hiring on the trademark side of the PTO. Then, there were reports that some paralegals working for the Patent Trial and Appeals Board were basically being paid to goof off. This week, the Washington Post reported that not only…

Merkley and Four Other Senators Call for PTO to Improve Patent Quality

Well, this is good to see: Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), joined by Senator Mark Begich (D-AK), Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM), Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), sent a letter yesterday to the Department of Commerce about patent quality. The letter urges a few measures to improve patent quality. Here are the highlights: Review performance metrics…