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03.31.13

USPTO and Lundberg Deceive the Public on Patents

Posted in Patents at 4:34 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Steve Lundberg

Summary: A look at the sneaky ways in which software patents and other abstract patents get advanced

The SHIELD act [1, 2], a face-saving act, is far from sufficient as a fix for the USPTO, where patent maximalism continues to be the mantra and motto. Interestingly enough we totally overlooked this fantastic TechDirt post about the USPTO engaging in crude deception to cover its back. To quote:

Undisclosed USPTO Employees Write Report Saying USPTO Does A Great Job Handling Software & Smartphone Patents

[...]

Notice that they are named as “advisors” to the USPTO, but their full-time roles are not mentioned. In response to the Wayfinder piece, the Journal explained that the roles had changed “at the last minute.” That is, right before publication, they apparently went from being full-time employees to mere advisors…

It is worth noting that other lawyers, patent lawyers like Lundberg et al., are still working hard to legitimise software patents. And not too long ago, Lundberg got a response from TechDirt. He is spreading disinformation, just like USPTO staff.

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