FTC on Patent Policy

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?