“Patent reform” initiatives are appealing in view of a number of perceived problems, such as the thoroughness of patent examination, the readability of the patent document to non-professionals, and the extreme costs of both patent enforcement and defense. Advocates of patent reform therefore propose a host of measures to address these objectives and lead the patent system to a brighter future.
However, our current body of patent law is a delicate balance of interests, and efforts to reduce one problem may create or exacerbate problems in other areas of the patent system. This post explores some of the objectives of patent reform that are in direct conflict, and among which deliberate choices must be made while proposing patent reform efforts.
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