The sort of ‘journalism’ software patents proponents would stoop down to
Summary: Attacking the enforcer of Alice v CLS because it’s doing harm to his source of income, which makes him angry
Technology Center 3600 has become the scapegoat of Gene Quinn (and his chums). That was earlier today. Watch this “WatchTroll” (as we’ve called him for a number of years) as he attacks PTAB, which merely does its job. It invalidates a lot of software patents, but WatchTroll uses sexual dysfunction connotation and picture of marionettes to imply misconduct, malpractice or incapacity. “What is happening in TC 3600,” he said, “is prosecution is being re-opened for the purpose of issuing Alice rejections.”
“WatchTroll, like Kappos, is trying to shame the USPTO or pressure political figures/officials to put an end to Alice (or those enforcing it).”Yes, what’s wrong with that?
“Of course,” he adds, “Alice v. CLS Bank was decided in June 2014, so this is not a new development.”
So what? So suddenly it’s “too late” to do justice? Better late than never. The EPO could take a lesson from this.
“Maybe the problem here isn’t Technology Center 3600 but the greedy WatchTroll (and the likes of him).”WatchTroll’s closing words are harsh and they urge the Patent Office to punish people who are doing their job. He wrote: “Re-opening these cases was an abuse of power plain and simple. Will the Patent Office do anything about what is going on in Technology Center 3600? Time will tell, but it is becoming increasingly impossible to believe that senior management of the Office is not well aware of the fundamental unfairness applicants in TC 3600 face. It is also becoming increasingly difficult to believe they do not at least tacitly authorize the behavior.”
Maybe the problem here isn’t Technology Center 3600 but the greedy WatchTroll (and the likes of him). It’s no secret that they are patent maximalists who pursue patents on algorithms without even understanding the concept of algorithms (WatchTroll said he had written code but could not name a single example when I asked him to, whereupon he ran away).
No doubt some patent attorneys support software patents (I debated one of them earlier today), but shouldn’t the will of software developers count when it comes to their own discipline? Why is it that media which covers patents is so saturated or stuffed with people who aren’t in fact developing software but are happy to encourage software patenting because they profit from it? █