The patent system is busted. Litigious companies suing over vaguely worded claims, tying up courts and throwing obstacles at each other, preventing consumers like you and me from getting our tech goodies, make that perfectly clear.
That fact isn’t lost on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office either. That’s why the USPTO is planning to hold an open forum of sorts in New York and Silicon Valley next month, when the public will get a chance to address the patent process as it relates to software-related matters and air some suggestions for improving it.
In other words, if you’ve been complaining about the increasingly ridiculous legal environment and have ideas on how to improve the system, it’s time to put up or shut up. The administration is all ears and hopes to hear from knowledgeable members of the tech community, particularly developers.
The Silicon Valley meeting will take place on February 12, and the New York City gathering is slated for February 27. The deets on how to register or submit comments for public inspection are below, courtesy of the Federal Register. If you go, however, bear in mind that the USPTO is an administrative office, not lawmakers, so it can’t change existing legislation. What it can do is revise the process and address certain matters, like clarifying the terms that define the scope of a patent, among other things.
U.S. PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE ROUNDTABLE EVENT DETAILS
New York City event: Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST, at New York University, Henry Kaufman Management Center, Faculty Lounge, Room 11-185, 44 West 4th St., New York, NY 10012.
Silicon Valley event: Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. PST, at Stanford University, Paul Brest Hall, 555 Salvatierra Walk, Stanford, CA 94305-2087.
Registration is required, and early registration is recommended. There is no fee, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline is February 4, 2013, and “day-of” registration will be on a space-available basis starting 30 minutes before the event.
To register, please send an email message to [email protected] and provide the following information: (1) Your name, title, and if applicable, company or organization, address, phone number, and email address; (2) which roundtable event you wish to attend (Silicon Valley or New York City); and (3) if you wish to make an oral presentation at the event, the specific topic or issue to be addressed and the approximate desired length of your presentation. Each attendee, even if from the same organization, must register separately.
Written comments should be sent via email to [email protected], or by mail to: Mail Stop Comments—Patents, Commissioner for Patents, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313-1450, marked to the attention of Seema Rao, Director Technology Center 2100. Although comments may be submitted by mail, the USPTO prefers to receive comments via the Internet.
The comments will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Commissioner for Patents in Alexandria, VA, and will be posted on the USPTO online at http://www.uspto.gov. Again, comments will be made public, so do not include your address or phone number. If you need to cite confidential information to illustrate a point, summarize the scenario or otherwise carefully submit the info in a way that will permit its public disclosure.
For more details on this or hosting a presentation, click to see the notice online or hit up the link to the PDF below.
The Galaxy S20 Ultra's Space Zoom camera is amazing and a bit creepy
The Galaxy S20 Ultra supports up to 100X zoom, which Samsung calls Space Zoom, but is it any good? Can a phone really product usable photos at 100x zoom? We've got our Galaxy S20 Ultra already so join us to find out!
Win an iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch with the Reader's Choice giveaway!
What's the best phone of 2019? Is it the iPhone 11 Pro, Pixel 4 or OnePlus 7T? What about the best laptop, games console, tablet and more? Vote NOW in the Reader's Choice awards and win BIG in time for the holidays!
Here are the best products from IFA 2019!
Here are the products announced at IFA 2019 that were worthy of our Best of IFA 2019 awards. Also featuring MrMobile's single best product at the show!
You don't have to be a size 2 to rock these gorgeous swimsuits!
Tired of finding the perfect swimsuit only to see that it's only offered up to size 14? Not anymore! Here's a list of the most flattering, gorgeous plus size swimsuits 2020 has to offer.