[Fsfe-ie] US Congress to Overhaul Patent Law

Ciaran O'Riordan ciaran at fsfe.org
Tue Aug 23 13:25:39 CEST 2005

Malcolm Tyrrell <malcoh0l at yahoo.ie> writes:
> "One wholly new measure already in use abroad is post-grant opposition
> proceedings to keep contested cases before administrative law judges
> and out of federal district court."

This sounds like the stunt we're expecting in the Community Patent

 If software patents go to court in the EU, the patent holder is likely to
 lose their patent.  If the pro-software-patent camp can't get legislation
 changed, they need a different way to give validity to their patents.
 Enter the Patent Appeals SuperBoard.  Such would be filled with experienced
 experts (i.e. ex-EPO staffers), so it's verdicts would surely just backup
 the doings of the EPO.  This would make real (court-based) patent appeals
 more difficult ("Aw, c'mon, the SuperMegaBoard said I could have this").

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