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SeanUMD
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Trends in Patent Law
« on: Oct 6th, 2006, 8:38pm »
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What are some trends in Patent Law that some of the patent attorneys in this forum forsee now and in the future?
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Re: Trends in Patent Law
« Reply #1 on: Oct 9th, 2006, 12:22pm »
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No one has any opinion on current trends in Patent law?
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Re: Trends in Patent Law
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on Oct 9th, 2006, 12:22pm, SeanUMD wrote:
No one has any opinion on current trends in Patent law?

 
One trend is to give patent protection less scope and respect.   As examples, I'd point to decisions like Ebay which include the opinings of a SC Justice that business method patents are disfavored, the erosion of the doctrine of equivalents, patent reform bills which contain numerous proposals to weakening the validity of patents as well and to reduce the damages award against infringers, and of course KSR v. Teleflex to be heard by the SC this fall.
 
Additionally I would point to efforts by the PTO to lessen their workload by reducing the size and number of filings as further evidence.
 
It seems that arguments that strong patents have a detrimental effect on innovation are being given increasing weight.
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Re: Trends in Patent Law
« Reply #3 on: Oct 9th, 2006, 12:51pm »
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I wonder what triggers the trend or causes to be triggered?  Any thoughts?
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