We’ll See [8:04 am]
Since I can’t imagine that “drop the idea altogether” is on the agenda: U.S. Office Joins an Effort to Improve Software Patents
The United States Patent and Trademark Office plans to announce today that it will cooperate with open-source software developers on three initiatives that it says will improve the quality of software patents.
[...] Two of the initiatives would rely on recently developed Internet technologies. An open patent review program would set up a system on the patent office Web site where visitors could submit search criteria and subscribe to electronic alerts about patent applications in specific areas.
The third initiative is focused on the creation of a patent quality index that would serve as a tool for patent applicants to use in writing their applications. It is based on work done by R. Polk Wagner, an intellectual property expert at the University of Pennsylvania.
Some of Prof Wagner’s work: (Mostly) Against Exceptionalism; The Perfect Storm: Intellectual Property and Public Values; On Software Regulation; Patent Portfolios.