Patent Office Needs To Be Told To Look Online For Prior Art?
from the oh-great dept
It's getting increasingly difficult not to post stories about problems with the patent system every day. There are just so many of them. The latest is that a public policy group has put out a report with the brilliant suggestion that maybe (just maybe) the US Patent Office might want to start looking online for prior art when evaluating patents having to do with new technology. The fact that they would need to be told to do so says quite a lot about how the Patent Office currently functions (if you can call it that).