Friday, June 18, 2010

BLT blogger in need of hearing aid?

Coverage of the June 15 discussion Patent Reform 2010: What Shape Will It Finally Take? has been slim. The blog post on Legal Times [BLT] is notable for commenters criticizing its assertion:

One fundamental shift: the Patent and Trademark Office would no longer award a patent to the first person to come up with an idea, but instead would give it to the first who files for a patent – a move that would bring the patent system here in line with the rest of the world.

That provision proved uncontroversial to the panelists. It was other details that got them going.

One commenter: For the record, with regard to First to File, the statement, "That provision proved uncontroversial to the panelists" is an outright misstatement of fact!

There were a number of panelists who pointed out there are numerous problems and objections to FtF particularly for small inventors.

The author should get a hearing aid.

Geee, any time one mentions "hearing aid", IPBiz recalls the famous Lemley-ism that the inventors of the transistor thought only of hearing aid applicaitons.

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