Patent mess

Summary:A number of readers have been ruminating about the worthiness of the U.S.

A number of readers have been ruminating about the worthiness of the U.S. patent system as it relates to software. Herb Wamsley, executive director of the Intellectual Property Owners Association, provides some more perspective on the patent mess in this article. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is underfunded, understaffed, and incapable of handling the growing wave of technologically complex patent applications flooding in. "In sum, the system is overwhelmed, underfunded and grinding to a halt," Wamsley writes. When the system breaks down, in come the lawyers.

Topics: Patents


Joe McKendrick is an author and independent analyst who tracks the impact of information technology on management and markets. Joe is co-author, along with 16 leading industry leaders and thinkers, of the SOA Manifesto, which outlines the values and guiding principles of service orientation. He speaks frequently on cloud, SOA, data, and... Full Bio

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