Better Searches Not A Cure-All For Patent Quality

Law360 (April 10, 2019, 9:09 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s testing of artificial intelligence tools and other initiatives to help examiners evaluate patent applications is a step in the direction of improving patent quality, although experts say it is not a silver bullet.

Increasing the caliber of patents has been a focus of the office under Andrei Iancu, a former Irell & Manella LLP litigator who took over as agency director last year. One of the most important indicators of a patent’s quality, Iancu has said, is whether it is able to stand up to a legal challenge.

“To further improve the original examination, a...

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