Friday, February 02, 2018

I propose my own "stupid patent of the month" for EFF


I propose a stupid patent of the month, before Electronic Frontier Foundation finds out.  

I’ve developed a way of keeping track of all the elements of a plot of a novel on a Microsoft Access database.  Then I sort them by presentation (chapter, subchapter) sequence and tie characters to various events, with comments to help tie loose ends.

I then copy them into a simple HTML table for a blog posting.
  
An example is here

I shared it with a friend, a much younger gay man, also writing a novel yesterday.
  
It struck me, people try to sell these ideas to patent troll companies.  I “give it away” free.  

Monday, January 01, 2018

Does USPTO's own fee set-up unintentionally encourage patent trolling?


Timothy B. Lee has an important article on Ars Technica, referring to a Brookings study, on how the current fee system at USPTO may unintentionally incentivize the USPTO to keep issuing low quality patents, to “trolls”. Lee mentions EFF’s series “Stupid Patent of the Month”.

The basic idea is to collect an application fee (and renewal fee) but not an issuance fee.

  

A Twitter response called USPTO’s current system “penny wise and pound foolish”.