Churn at the USPTO

In case you still wondered whether the US patent system had issues, here’s an interesting article about the retention issues at the USPTO. Along with issues in the US copyright system, trends like these tell me that legislators and administrators have forgotten that patents were meant to be a limited reward for genuine invention. It is bad enough that the limited part is so easily overlooked, in the form of Mickey Mouse copyright extensions, but that starting in the late nineties and apparently continuing through today, we are now having issues around the genuine part.

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