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 @ 2:36pm

    Re: Don't jump to conclusions

    "This is a purely speculative and unproven prediction."

    It's based on historical knowledge.

    "Who's to say that with the new allowances that they are increasing the attention to quality assurance before these patents get granted? "

    The facts and all the bogus patents that have been around lately. You know, some of the ones that are mentioned on Techdirt.

    "You should wait and see what kinds of "bad" patents come out of this."

    I'm pretty sure we can come up with more examples of bad patents than you can of good ones.

    "You might be surprised to see that very few issues may come up with patents granted this year due to increased quality assurance."

    I might be surprised if aliens from outer space come and give us a bunch of free gold tomorrow morning but I won't hold my breath.

    If history is indicative of the future then it's perfectly reasonable to try and make future predictions based on historical facts. I might be surprised, the predictions might be wrong, but in this case it's highly unlikely.

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