Can the Patent Office Be Fixed?
17 Pages Posted: 30 Aug 2010 Last revised: 12 Mar 2013
Date Written: August 29, 2010
How can we fix the PTO, allowing examiners to effectively distinguish between patentable and unpatentable inventions, without slowing the process to a crawl or wasting a bunch of money? This essay reviews the recent literature and considers a number of proposals and their problems. It concludes that we can make the PTO better, but are unlikely to solve the problem of bad patents.
Keywords: intellectual property, patent, PTO, patent reform
JEL Classification: O34
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