Invalidated patents being burned in protest - a new milestone in recent American history.
One of the great oddities of the U.S. patent system is the relative ease with which the rules allow a duly examined patent to be cancelled by the PTAB. These guys were pretty disillusioned by the process, even if the result was just (I’m not judging that). I am hoping that in the future a better job can be done in examining a patent in the first place so that there isn’t arguably a “double standard” for patentability – the everyday examination standard used to examine patents prior to issuance, and the PTAB standard. It would be far better to not issue a patent in the first place, then to issue it and then have a change of heart later, after millions of dollars have been invested in the assumption the patent is valid, at least in the eyes of the USPTO.
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