Thursday, July 24, 2008

Lex Luther on Ocean Tomo "Patent Quality" paper

Lex Luther trying to understand the logic of Ocean Tomo arguments.

Lex Luther suggesting Ocean Tomo get to the point.

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Luther, a macaw, is otherwise famous for his remark, in the context of HR 1908, that Howard Berman (D-Ca) was giving parrots a bad name. The meltdown of S.1145 demonstrated of Berman's alleged equal-handed approach to hearings:
there's no there, there.

In the Ocean Tomo context, Lex's's great memory (he is a parrot) allowed him to recall the earlier meltdown of the CHI methodology on "patent citations," and perceive this as a "been there, done that" moment.

When parrots have a better understanding of patent reform issues than certain people, it's time to start over. Either that, or Princeton University Press [publishers of Jaffe/Lerner and Bessen/Meurer] should give the macaw a book deal.

Of the Ocean Tomo remark on patent backlog, recall the text in the Washington Post on 8 Oct 2007:

If the agency could shut its doors to catch up on its work, its 5,500 patent examiners would take at least two years to clear the backlog of pending applications. When the agency reopened, there would be more than 1 million new applications piled up on the doorstep.

That's of course if the USPTO could keep all its examiners for two years; the Post also noted:

But the patent office is suffering from troublesome turnover. One patent examiner leaves for nearly every two the agency hires, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office, an arm of Congress.


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