USPTO Deems Offshoring U.S. Tax Return Prep Jobs Worthy of U.S. Patent Protection

from the patently-silly dept

theodp writes "The CEO of Xpitax has been awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,756,761 for Tax return outsourcing and systems for protecting data, which covers 'systems, methods, and various tools that facilitate the outsourcing of [U.S.] tax return preparation services to a servicing group outside of the country.' There is a need, explains the patent, 'to outsource tax return preparation services to India, to thereby reduce the per-return labor cost experienced by the accounting firm.' The patent proposes 'using PC anywhere or Citrix' to help scratch that itch.
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    Spaceman Spiff (profile), 22 Jul 2010 @ 8:10pm

    The Emperror (USPTO) has no clothes!

    It's this sort of cruft that forces one to understand that the USPTO is clueless about software, and has no business making decisions about software patents. I actually have a software patent (owned by an 800lb corporate gorilla) that, IMHO, is an innovation suitably covered by patent protection. It deals with adaptive systems and solves some fundamental problems with them that are non-obvious even to highly skilled software engineers. So, I'm not against software patents per se, but I AM against most of the software patents that the USPTO issues as the vast majority are either covered by prior art, or are such obvious solutions to trivial problems that they should have been rejected out of hand.

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