Tag Archive for patent quality

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…

Senate Judiciary Chairman Leahy Sends Positive Signals

Tomorrow is World Intellectual Property Day.  To commemorate the day, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy issued a statement today in support of fighting patent trolls, improving patent quality, protecting end-users and ensuring better transparency in real party in interest.  The relevant part of the statement reads: There is more Congress can do to improve the patent…