Can the Patent Office Be Fixed?

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Author(s):
  • Mark Lemley
Publish Date:
August 30, 2010
Publication Title:
Stanford Law & Economics Olin Working Paper No. 396 .
Format:
Working Paper
Citation(s):
  • Mark A. Lemley, Can the Patent Office Be Fixed?, Stanford Law & Economics Olin Working Paper No. 396 (2010).

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Abstract

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.