Washington, D.C., partner and co-chair of the IP group Bob Stoll recently authored an article for The Hill titled, “The importance of issuing high quality patents.”
Bob discusses why improving the quality of filed patents is the biggest issue the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) should be addressing, rather than the more familiar issue of “non-practicing entities (NPE’s) filing patents of questionable quality against a business with limited means.”
In recognizing this problem, USPTO director Michelle Lee has made sure the Office is taking a number of steps to improve patent quality, including search and training enhancement programs, asking examiners to clarify their reasoning of prosecution and on different aspects of eligibility, and allowing the public to weigh in on different quality case studies to assure that the patent corps was applying the rules and regulations uniformly.
Bob also offers additional advice on processes that can be put in place to further assure patent quality.
To read the full article, click the link below.