Readers Respond: Patent, IP Abuse Poses Hurdle in Tech Evolution
Readers respond to the eWEEK editorial, "Patent, IP Abuse Poses Hurdle in Tech Evolution."A belated thanks for Jim Rapozas column on patent/intellectual property abuse [Tech Directions, "Patent, IP Abuse Poses Hurdle in Tech Evolution" or "Been There, Done That," April 10]. There are two things that would help with the problem.
First, extend the period for prior art to last until a patent application is made public. This would push companies to immediately publish their applications, benefiting the public with disclosure, and it would prevent folks from getting patents on an invention that is obvious to anyone working in the field.