USPTO's Scrutiny Of Software Patents Paying Off

Law360, New York (July 22, 2014, 7:16 PM EDT) -- Though recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings have not provided much help, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's efforts to more closely scrutinize software patents is reducing the incentive for patent applicants to seek vague, broad claims, experts told USPTO officials at a forum Tuesday.

At a meeting of the USPTO's Software Partnership, a group created to work with the software community on patent issues, attorneys and representatives of several technology companies praised the office's increased training for examiners aimed at bringing more clarity to software patents, which they said have too often been overbroad in the past.

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