GAO Proposals To Boost Patent Quality Met With Skepticism

By Ryan Davis (July 21, 2016, 9:21 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Government Accountability Office said in reports Wednesday that poor-quality patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are fueling patent litigation, but attorneys said they questioned that premise and argued the GAO's recommendations would likely do little to improve patent quality.

For its reports, the GAO surveyed thousands of USPTO patent examiners and found that the majority of them feel they don't have enough time to complete thorough examinations and often find it difficult to identify relevant prior art.

Those factors put the office "at risk of issuing lower-quality patents" with terms that are broad or unclear, the...

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