The letter suggested steps which if taken will relieve the decline in patent quality. Some of the steps suggested are obvious and include: 1) provide more search and examination time; 2) guarantee the independence of the examination process, governed solely by the legal framework; and 3) eliminate rating or incentive systems to reduce bias in the grant decision. Other suggestions such as elimination of adversarial relations between patent office staff and management, and providing updated search and examination tools are not as obvious.
IPBiz query: how many of these issues are addressed in the current Congressional patent reform bills?
Time and money issues at the USPTO