October 30, 2003

FTC on Patent Policy [8:41 am]

Well, here’s something different: FTC Issues Report on How to Promote Innovation Through Balancing Competition with Patent Law and Policy [via Slashdot] The executive summary to the report points out a number of the issues that have been troubling in this area, although some of the recommendations are surprising in their obviousness — I probably need to read the entire report before I can really comment, though.

When I say abviousness, consider this recommendation: "Consider possible harm to competition — along with other possible benefits and costs — before extending the scope of patentable subject matter." I thought that has been the requirement all along?

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