Separately, remember the October 2007 post on InformationWeek titled Patent Examiners Ready For Change After GAO Report? Not much happened in the way of change.
Remember one of the last sentences of the Oct. 2007: Improving the patent approval process is becoming paramount as IT companies like Microsoft, IBM , and Google are flooding the office with application requests. The reference of Jon Dudas to the IBM toilet queue patent in March 2008 suggests that the "flooding" by Microsoft, IBM, and Google may be with low quality, frivolous applications. The guys, like IBM, complaining about the problem are in fact the guys CAUSING the problem