Surprise Amendment Would Have Gov't Explore Whether Business Model Patents Should Be Ditched
from the didn't-see-that-coming dept
It doesn't go there completely, but would "authorize a pilot program for review of business method patents." I'm not quite sure how you have a "pilot program" to study whether or not business method patents should be valid, but I'm surprisingly encouraged by the idea of actually running some sort of test program to get actual data to determine whether or not a particular program makes sense. Of course, given that it sounds like it makes sense, I'm guessing that either it will quickly get rejected or the details will show that it's really not what it appears to be at first glance.
Separate from this, there's apparently another amendment that narrowly focuses on banning patents on tax strategies. We've already noted how there's been an explosion of "tax strategy" patents in the last few years, and Congress has tried to carve them out before as well. As I said last time, while I think tax strategy patents are a really bad idea and shouldn't have been allowed in the first place, I'm troubled by specific types of exemptions, rather than trying to fix the actual patent system that allows tax strategies to be patented in the first place. Cutting out just tax strategy patents is a duct tape solution that ignores the larger problem.