Friday, March 03, 2006

Brits 'Get' Patent Problems

The UK Patent Office appears to understand that the current patent system has severe flaws. Andrew Gowers, who was asked to lead an independent review into intellectual property law in the UK, claims that small firms are failed by patent law. He also claims that, "There are patent thickets, which are a complex web of patents which may stunt invention and discourage research and development."

Hooray for independent assessments! Perhaps if the US appointed an independent party to assess the patent system, we'd get further than non-legislative internal tweaks and pleading for more money to hire more examiners, and we'd actually get meaningful reform proposed in law.


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