The Pending Patent Fracas

Major points of contention in the battle to change the patent system

Reorganize the patent office into a government corporation

SUPPORTERS It will increase efficiency

OPPONENTS Big companies will have too much power

Publish patent applications 18 months after filing

SUPPORTERS It would bring the U.S. in line with Japan and Europe

OPPONENTS Big companies will steal the work of small inventors before they get patent protection

Allow third parties to participate in patent office reexaminations of patents

SUPPORTERS It's cheaper than duking it out in the courts

OPPONENTS Big companies will use the provision to regularly challenge individuals' patents

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Updated July 9, 1997 by bwwebmaster
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