FTC Says It's Time To Reform Patent System

from the well,-it's-about-time dept

While plenty of folks in the tech world have been screaming at the top of our lungs on this topic for a long, long time, we’ve mostly been ignored. Now, however, even the FTC is saying that our current patent system has some serious problems, and are suggesting that patents be harder to get, and easier to challenge. They’ve put out a report saying that too many bad patents are being issued and are doing much more to harm innovation than to encourage it. The USPTO says they’re still reading the report. The big stumbling block in all of this, of course, is funding. The PTO would need additional funding from Congress, and despite all their worries about intellectual property when it comes to music, most politicians don’t really care about patent issues.

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