Patent Troubles For…Um, The USPTO?

from the whoooooooops dept

W. B. McNamara writes “Ah, the beauty of it all: Peter Zura’s excellent Two-Seventy-One Patent blog reports that the USPTO’s initiative to grant fewer bad patents, which is to include use of an automated “patent quality index,” could be heading for some trouble due to…wait for it, now…a patent covering “a computer-automated method for rating or ranking patents or other intangible assets […]”.” We discussed the new Patent Quality Index earlier this week — though, it’s still unclear if the new system is really automated or what. Still, the idea of the USPTO being involved in possible patent infringement certainly has its amusement value.

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ehrichweiss says:

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If the government were exempt then there wouldn’t have been that huge fiasco over the NTP/RIM case when they were gonna cut off all the Blackberry email. I know they allowed the email for government employees but that wasn’t due to the patent office granting it, it was the decision of a judge who determined that a part of the government would shut down and be harmed if they couldn’t find a better way. Once that was announced, IIRC, alternative solutions were being investigated.

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