Patent reform ahead?


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I came across this article on CNet today reporting Federal Trade Commission chairman Tim Muris is recommending: new legislation making it easier to challenge patents directly through the Patent and Trademark Office; and that possible harm to competition should be considered before granting patents. The highlight of the article was this link to an FTC report published this week which recommends an overhaul of the US patent system. Warm and welcome news.

Meanwhile, the Web is all abuzz scouring archives in search of prior art to invalidate Eolas' recent victory in court to which a judge decided that Microsoft had violated the tiny developer's patents. The decision, if upheld, could mean significant changes to the millions of web pages which rely on web browser plug-ins.

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