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USPTO recruiting unpaid examiners

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| The FFII’s Gauss project actually has been used occasionally in a similar way 
| to argue against certain patents, like against one of the MS Open XML 
| European patent applications:  
| An interesting question is if the EPO would give this submittant a gold star?
| The core of the quality problem was already addressed by Tim O’Reilly and 
| Jeff Bezos with their BountyQuest venture. The reason it failed is the basis 
| for the FFII’s examination reform proposal.  
| In BountyQuest the examination fee was not paid by the polluter but by 
| volunteering victims. It requires that one victim stands up and pays up on 
| behalf of the public. All the other victims benefit as free-riders.  
| The FFII proposal shows how the incentives would need to be set straight 
| if “peer2patent” examination is to work: 
|     Privatize Examination, Make Bad Patenters Pay
|     The system of obligatory patent examination should be replaced by a 
|     system where patents are registered free of charge on the Internet, and 
|     examination is performed by private parties who, when they find an 
|     invalid patent claim, are entitled to charge an examination fee from the 
|     patentee    
| The European Patent Office has taken interest in the Gauss project and is 
| preparing to build a similar wiki-based system. 


"[zoobab] USPTO President recruiting unpaid examiners:
http://eupat.ffii.org/07/03/uspto05/ "

The next USPTO Director & the Peer-to-Patent experiment

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| Obama has chosen Patent Attorney David Kappos to be the next Undersecretary 
| Of Commerce For Intellectual Property And Director Of The U.S. Patent And 
| Trademark Office (USPTO).  Here is an article related to a US-National Public 
| Radio interview with Kappos 
| (http://cairns.typepad.com/peertopatent/2007/08/david-kappos-on.html) that 
| gives a good introduction as to why we should be excited.      


"[zoobab] The Peer to Patent project aims to recruit unpaid examiners to
legitimate software patents and business method patents: http://bit.ly/jouBC "


Has the US patent system gone too far?

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| When Samuel Hopkins came up with a method for improving the production of
| potash, it was probably just the kind of invention that President George
| Washington had in mind when he created the US patent system. Hopkins, who in
| 1790 received the first American patent ever issued, had discovered a way to
| increase the production of a critical resource used to make glass, soap, and
| soil fertilizer.


Backlog At The Copyright Office Highlights Massive Problem With The System

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| As you hopefully know, you don't need to register to get a copyright these
| days (and haven't since 1976), but you can still register, and need to do so
| if you want to sue someone else for damages. So, professional creators still
| register copyright on pretty much everything they do -- though the process is
| still a bit unclear even to the experts. At the recent copyright conference
| at Santa Clara University, one of the more amusing moments was when someone
| asked about registering blog posts and how that could/should be done -- and a
| bunch of the world's foremost experts in copyright law (including multiple
| representatives from the Copyright Office) effectively threw up their hands
| and said they had no clue what actually needed to be registered and how. It
| resulted in a lot of rather awkward laughter from folks in the room.


Intellectual Monopolies Kill: Two Examples

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| If people with breast cancer genes are demonstrably suffering in this way,
| statistics tells us that some of them will be dying as a direct result of
| Myriad's aggressive defence of its unwarranted intellectual monopolies.

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