Subject: Re: Novel anti-software-patent article
From: <kmself@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2000 21:01:16 -0800
Thu, 6 Jan 2000 21:01:16 -0800
On Thu, Jan 06, 2000 at 11:30:11PM -0500, Brian Bartholomew wrote:
> Stephen writes:
> 
> > I think [the patent office] probably try very hard; but they can't
> > afford enough specialists or Edison-level generalists.
> 
> How silly would a patent have to be, to make you wonder if they're
> using any selectivity at all?  Here's a method for entertaining a cat
> with a laser pointer:
> 
> 	http://www.patents.ibm.com/cgi-bin/viewpat.cmd/US05443036  
> 
> Anyone know the percentage of patents denied for other than process
> and paperwork reasons?

Reasons aren't attributed, but the USPTO keeps pretty decent stats on the
number of patent applications and grants on an annual basis.  IIRC, the
grant rate is about 50% for all patent applications received.  The stats
used to be located off the USPTO's main page someplace, I'll dig them up
when I get a free minute.

> 
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