Friday, January 13, 2006
Patent Troubles for...um, the USPTO?
Ah, the beauty of it all: Peter Zura's excellent Two-Seventy-One Patent blog reports that the USPTO's initiative to grant fewer asspatents, which is to include use of an automated "patent quality index," could be heading for some trouble due to...wait for it, now...a patent covering "a computer-automated methon for rating or ranking patents or other intangible assets [...]". Said patent being the property of a patent holding company, of course.
It is indeed reassuring to see how our current patent system helps to "promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries"...oh, wait...that wouldn't seem to be the case here at all. How odd.