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May 12, 2008

In The Weeds

Rep. Howard Berman, Chairman of the House subcommittee overseeing the USPTO, does his job in an April 29 letter to PTO Director Jon Dudas, demanding answers: did you sully the agency's reputation by consorting with RIM when it was under the gun from NTP, and you had NTP patents under reexamination?; why haven't you considered deferred examination?; explain inconsistencies in patent application projection for the future; document methodology in meeting application demand; why so pig-headedly clueless about examiner attrition?; justify managerial lurching in its various incarnations. One surmises from such inquiries that, under Dudas' direction, the PTO hasn't exactly been on the path of probity.

Thanks to Hal Wegner, who thanked Greg Aharonian for the copy of Rep. Berman's letter.

Posted by Patent Hawk at May 12, 2008 4:32 PM | The Patent Office


To borrow a phrase from PatentDocs...

Hooray! - (Finally) the Big Dogs Have Joined the Hunt

Posted by: NIPRA anonymous at May 12, 2008 6:32 PM

It's amusingly ironic to see a major patent reform sponsor come to the rescue of a "patent troll", is he moving on…? ;)

Posted by: Regata De Blank at May 13, 2008 12:09 PM

This whole post and others like it around the web make the situation out to be more than the letter is actually about.

Easy answers from Dudas:

NTP case- no there were not discussions about substantive matters involved in the case as the restrictions prohibit.

Deferred examination- as far as we are aware the office is not allowed to defer examination as it appears the laws mandate that an examination shall be made with each app examined in its turn.

I'd say we'd like nothing more than to defer examination.

Posted by: e6k at May 25, 2008 3:20 PM