Thursday, July 31, 2014

Time-crunched examiners don't find prior art and grant patents??

From within the post Inside the stressed-out, time-crunched patent examiner workforce, note the text

"Our data finds that as examiners are given less time to review applications, the less prior art they cite, the less likely they are to make time-consuming prior art rejections, and the more likely they are to grant patents," the researchers report.

Note how Q. Todd Dickinson, former USPTO director during the Clinton years, is mentioned:

"I've long advocated for the need for examiners to have more time to examine," said Todd Dickinson, former executive director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. "The problem over the years, of course, is that maybe until last year there kept being a diversion of funds away from the office."


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