"The Business Method Patent Initiative outlines plans for
industry outreach and quality control by the PTO, including
enhancing technical training for examiners. It also calls for
expansion of current searches for "prior art," which is PTO-speak
for instances where an invention existed prior to the claim,
thereby invalidating the patent claim."
"According to Don Pelto, patent attorney with McKenna and Cuneo,
in Washington, this initiative represents a step in the right
direction for the PTO. In particular, Pelto pointed to the
initiative's mandate of a second review for all Internet and
business method patents. Having a senior-level examiner give a
second review to all of these patents, with an eye toward the scope
of the claim, could reduce the number of erroneously issued
patents, Pelto said...."
"Some controversial patents have inspired boycotts of
Amazon.com, which came under fire for its one-click shopping patent
and its newest patent covering its affiliates program."
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