Bank Technology News has an article on the patent mess
from the banking industry's point of view. It is interesting mostly as an indication of how awareness of the problem is spreading. "According to patent office commissioner John Doll, almost 30 percent of the 384,000 patent applications filed in 2005 were near duplicates of patent applications examined the year before. That underscores another problem outlined in Lemley's report: squeaky wheels get what they want. Incessant appeals and numerous continuation applications will tend to wear down examiners who tire of the same application arriving on their desk. Continuation applications, although a minority of total patents issued each year, wind up being the subject of 52 percent of patent litigation.
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