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The Patent System -- USPTO in Particular -- Comes Under More Fire

Jan 25, 2011, 16:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Roy Schestowitz)

"Summary: USPTO needs to change in order to restore approval from citizens whom it supposedly serves

"HOW MUCH does the USPTO want to be hated? More and more people speak out against it these days, simply because it cannot make a case in its defence when those who benefit are not scientists but lawyers and franchisees. A little while ago, TechDirt — a longtime patents critic — did some decent investigative work to demonstrate a contemporary chaining of patent trolls, working at someone's behest a lot of the time (Nathan Myhrvold uses this trick extensively). To quote later parts of the detailed analysis:

"Unfortunately, that's about where the sleuthing runs out… and it really doesn't tell us that much. We already knew that Vertigo was the parent company, and who owns/runs Vertigo is secret. We did learn that another company owned by Vertigo is using more patents from the same inventors to sue more companies, but that's about it. Either way, as a basic exercise, it certainly teaches you a fair amount about the sneaky and hidden nature of how patent trolls operate, with layer upon layer of shell companies, changing patent assignments and licenses, all of which hide whoever is actually pulling the strings."

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