July 8, 2013 at 7:00 PM
Federal Trade Commission combating patent trolls
Peer reviews could help patent process
The column by John “Jay” Jurata Jr. was very encouraging. [“Guest column: FTC: Don’t go all ‘Caddyshack’ on patent trolls,” Opinion, July 7.]
After recently hearing a report on NPR, I was appalled that patent trolls were allowed to stifle innovation with the threat of lawsuits. Knowing that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is looking at making changes was refreshing. But one thing that Jurata did not discuss was the fact that, due to the volume and complexities of software patents, the FTC is often overwhelmed and in some cases underqualified to issue software patents in a knowledgeable way.
It is time that the technological review process include peer reviews to determine if patents that individuals and organizations are seeking are new, or an attempt to take credit for ideas that are already prevalent in the field.
George Houston, Renton
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