RE: Another Microsoft XML patent
That's a good point. The patent examiner should have access to research and commentary. I believe precedents can be found for that. OTOHIANAL. The patent process is a service. One of the reasons for the proliferation of bad patents was a change that made them responsible for being self-supporting. As a self- supporting service, they should thrive on quality as well as quantity. If the use of the online resources makes them able to process patents faster, they can do better business faster and cheaper. An ontologically associative and extensible system should work nicely. len From: Alan Gutierrez [mailto:alan-xml-dev@e...] It seems a pity that third parties cannot be consulted, when you imagine that you are the third party they would consult. To make research available to the USPTO as a passive resource might be something that is acceptable legally, but then wouldn't we be setting up a battle between PR departments, politicizing the patent approval process? Wouldn't a software monlith aruge effectively along the lines of: We spend x billion a year on research and development. How can you tell us that our application approval pivots on the consesus of a newsgroup.
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