A Look At GAO Recommendations For Improving Patents

Law360, New York (August 19, 2016, 3:28 PM EDT) -- Greg Webb

Kyle Howard

Jordan Maucotel The Government Accountability Office recently released a report that included several recommendations to improve the quality of patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. One of the primary recommendations is formulating a consistent and clearly articulated definition of patent quality. According to the GAO, low patent quality is a key driver of the increase in patent infringement lawsuits — from about 2,000 in 2007 to more than 5,000 in 2015. The report argues that the current lack of a clear definition of patent quality requires agency personnel to attempt to improve patent quality...

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