We've Already Surpassed Last Year's Patent Totals

from the a-mockery dept

We've already noted early on this year that the USPTO suddenly seemed to be ramping up its patent approval rate this year at an amazingly rapid clip. And now comes the news that we've already passed the number of patents granted last year and are rapidly approaching the highest number of patents approved in a year (we should hit it within a couple weeks)... and then we'll still have two and a half months left. As Patently-O notes:
This dramatic increase in the rate of granting patents is impressive -- especially in light of the fact that during this time, the USPTO eliminated examiner overtime hours for an extended period of time and hired only a handful of new examiners.
In other words, it's exactly what we feared. Under the Kappos' regime at the USPTO, they've decided that the number one problem isn't bad patents, but the time it takes to get a patent. So in order to fix that, it looks like they're basically approving a lot more patents, with a lot less examining. That means, a hell of a lot more bad patents are hitting the market this year. Even if you support the patent system, I can't understand how anyone can not be horrified by this result. Rushing through more patents doesn't help anyone -- except the holders of bad patents. This is dangerous to American innovation -- the one thing that the USPTO is supposed to be helping.

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 7 Oct 2010 @ 4:07pm

    I can see the documentary in the future already.

    "In the years before the fall of America as a super power the government guided by big pharma tried to maintain control through IP laws. America couldn't compete with cheap labor and the ingenuity in other countries so the government thought it would be viable to try and patent the maximum number of ideas as it could no matter how ridiculous those ideas were in the believe they would charge other countries and companies around the world for it. It didn't work that way unfortunately for America, because it stalled innovation inside America and pushed research and development to other areas and when they tried to change course when other countries started to use IP to lock down basic technologies vital to the development of current technology in those days, it was to late, they have lost the ability to come up with ideas and secure them, they have lost the ability to compete and the country economy was getting worse, angry people took to the streets and the security apparatus responded violently"

    One day this all could happen.

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