USPTO Urged To Limit Vague Software Patents, Curb 'Trolls'

Law360, New York (February 12, 2013, 5:14 PM EST) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office needs to more aggressively scrutinize software patent applications to ensure that it issues fewer broad, vague patents favored by so-called patent trolls, business leaders and computer programmers told the office at a forum Tuesday.

At the first meeting of the Software Partnership, a new group created by the USPTO last month to work with the software community on patent issues, many speakers said too many software patents include functional language that claims what the purported invention does, rather than how it works.

"The real problem is that software patents are too broad and claim any...

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