No Easy Answer For Patent Problems

Changing from the "first to invent" to the "first to file" system isn't going to solve the American patent system's problems, nor is it going to change the philosophy of the U. S. companies pursuing new technology and patents ("Is it time to reinvent the patent system?" Legal Affairs, Dec. 2). A very small percentage, less than a fraction of one percent of the patents granted or filed, end up in the long interference disputes based upon the first-to-invent system.

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