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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:06 am    Post subject: [USA] First step in Patent reform Reply with quote

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First-to-File’ is almost here: The race to the patent office


On March 16, 2013, the U.S. patent system will officially switch from a “first-to-invent” system to a “first-to-file” system. This historic change will bring the United States in line with the majority of other countries in the world and means that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will award a patent to the first inventor to file – regardless of who comes up with the idea first. This change effectively creates a race to patent office.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So patents will now be similar to web addresses: people park them and then sell them to the top bidder. Except I don't know if that's legal any more.

Patently absurd system anyway, however it's managed.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 12:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sikpuppy wrote:
So patents will now be similar to web addresses: people park them and then sell them to the top bidder.


what? no. that has nothing to do with it.

the old system had people filing shit and then they'd go through a process called "swearing back" where they'd fake documents to say they invented it first. it's rife with fraud and virtually impossible to combat this day and age... unless you switch to first to file like the rest of the world.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought we already had first-to-file, based on "So-and-so didn't invent that, other-dude did. So-and-so was just first to file."
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