The patent shenanigans running rampant are getting some traction in Washington DC. I do have to point out that it still doesn’t help the “garage inventor,” as it looks like a lot of the reforms would help mostly those who already can afford lawyers and have large cash reserves.
Patents are still amazingly expensive to file, and they no longer honor the “prove you invented it first” rule that applies to copyright. Now, it’s whoever files first, so if you can’t afford to get your flux capacitor plans filed because you don’t have thousands of dollars to do so, some company can decide that they deserve the patent more and present it as if it’s their own.
I just hope the really limit the patenting of math (computer code). While I’m amazed at our advances in technology, the fights over “slide to open” or buttons that buy stuff you don’t need online have been a little embarrassing for our species…
Thanks to Alert Reader Drew for the tip!