USPTO Director Admits Patents Do Not Equal Innovation; So Why Is He Pushing For More Patents?
from the questions-to-ponder dept
Ferenstein also got Kappos to talk about some of the work that economist Stuart Graham is working on. We were one of the very few publications to mention that the USPTO had hired Graham last year, noting that Graham seemed like a good hire, with a background in looking at what the data actually said about the impact of intellectual property on development, something that's been missing in many policy debates. It appears that Graham is continuing to do that kind of work for the USPTO and that Kappos is paying attention to what Graham is uncovering. While Kappos still seems focused on getting more patents through (and also apparently wants to stop copyright infringement -- which is outside of his basic mandate, so I'm a bit confused as to how that came up...), it's nice to see that he's at least open to more realistic views of what's going on.