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Patent Reform 2010

Jim Ruttler, Patent Attorney

Posted Friday, April 30, 2010 by Jim Ruttler

The U.S. Department of Commerce has released a report supporting patent reform. The report essentially argues that patents are strongly linked to ecomonic growth and high paying jobs, but that the current patent system has a number of issues that are preventing full realization of these benefits. The most notable problems include the delay in obtaining patents and the expense of defending against questionable patents. The report argues that both of these issues contribute to uncertainty in the patent system. The primary solutions offered for addressing these problems include allowing the patent office to set its own fees, reducing the average pendency of patent applications, and improving post-grant review options of issued patents. The report can be read here: http://www.commerce.gov/s/groups/public/@doc/@os/@opa/documents/content/prod01_009147.pdf.

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