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”. 

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