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January 11, 2006

U.S. Patent Office Takes Steps to Improve Software Patent Quality

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently announced that it has partnered with members of the open source community to expand the access that patent examiners have to "prior art" (such as existing software patents and other documentation of existing software) in an effort to improve software patent quality. The partnership also agreed "to develop a system to alert the public when USPTO publishes certain software-related applications so that interested parties can submit related prior art in accordance with relevant rules and law; and, to explore developing additional criteria for measuring the quality of software patents."

Posted by Robert at January 11, 2006 8:36 AM
category: Software Patents


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