Saturday, August 16, 2008

Ars Technica on McCain's patent policy

Ars Technica says of McCain's patent policies:

McCain believes that intellectual property rights deserve strong protection, but he also acknowledges that excessively broad patents can stifle innovation. Those of us who have been keeping a close eye on the patent system generally view it as a complete mess and think that ongoing reform efforts aren't sufficient to address the problems.

McCain wants to provide the patent office with more resources and find ways to facilitate mediation of patent disputes without litigation. Predictably, he fails to provide any meaningful recommendations for precisely how the patent system can be modified in a way that will actually reduce litigation.

IPBiz observes: is Obama's recycling of Lemley's gold-plated patents meaningful, or apt to reduce litigation?

There is a link to McCain's policy.


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