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March 22, 2008

Praise the Dudas

Joff Wild of IAM Magazine praises Jon Dudas for bringing home the bacon: "What the Patent Prospector and other Dudas critics fail to acknowledge is that fee diversion has ended on his watch." Wrong attribution.

Jon Dudas didn't end patent agency fee diversion. Patent rabble rousers did. Just like Jon Dudas had nothing to do in lining the pockets of key Congress members to get sordid patent legislation rolling. Patent rabble rousers did. Any competent USPTO director would have had the windfall of ending fee diversion at the time it ended, as it was contemporaneous with the rabble rousers striking up their band.

How much did fee diversion really matter? The PTO is still chockablock with examiners rendered incompetent by the word from on high to "reject, reject, reject" for the sake of political prestige that the PTO is tough enough. Let's not forget that examiner attrition is atrocious. All on Dudas' watch.

Wild: "[Dudas] has also persuaded a President not noted for any interest in IP to give him his full backing." So what if he did. Dudas being a political hack meant that he railroaded illegal rule changes past the supposed oversight mongrels at OMB. Full backing from the worst U.S. president in history for a patent thug dedicated to turning the examiner corps into slacker central; now there's a cherished prize for a cherished savant.

This country's patent regime would have been miles ahead of where it is today if a competent manager with deep patent experience had been at the helm of the USPTO during Dudas' watch, both in ending fee diversion, and fending off the insensibilities of the rabble rousers.

Posted by Patent Hawk at March 22, 2008 12:38 AM | The Patent Office


So, who are you backing in November? McCain, Obama or Clinton? Will their choice of VP influence you?

Posted by: Steve Sereboff at March 22, 2008 4:33 PM

McCain is one of the creatures of the military-industrial complex that Eisenhower warned us about. McCain smells like a Dubya rehash. Obama brings to mind Abraham Lincoln’s pithy observation about fooling some of the people some of the time. There is so much hinky about Obama. From a patent perspective, him having Mark Lemley as advisor speaks volumes. If his big offset for lack of experience is judgment... Lady Thatcher and Angela Merkel might give Hillary a big hug for joining the rarified double-tough dames leader circle. For all his foibles and missteps, the last Clinton era was a historical standout for prosperity and stability. For all that, her dismal campaigning does make one wonder.

Posted by: Patent Hawk at March 22, 2008 9:49 PM

I grant that Dudas played a part in the ending of fee diversion, and hopefully the substantive setbacks to the patent system which have occurred (or will occur) during his watch will be temporary and the ending of fee diversion will not be.

That said, I'm probably waiting for January 20, 2017, if I can endure that long. (Remember, Clinton I appointed Lehman.)

Posted by: NIPRA anonymous at March 24, 2008 6:48 AM