View Of Swamped USPTO Cutting Corners Challenged

Law360 (July 18, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Critics of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office argue that an agency overwhelmed with a flood of applications has little hope of maintaining a high standard of patent quality. But new analysis claims there is little statistical support for either the idea that the patent office is overburdened or that patent quality has suffered in recent years.

The study, done by two executives at Ocean Tomo LLC — Chief Executive James E. Malackowski and Managing Director Jonathan A. Barney — seeks to counter perceptions that patent quality is on the decline.

"It challenges popular notions that are floating around in the...

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