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 From:  Fig <figmail at comcast dot net>
 To:  m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] Patent Rights
 Date:  Tue, 09 Nov 2004 07:26:37 -0500
Dave Warren wrote:

> Fig wrote:
>
>> Welcome to the wonderful world of the US system for software patents. 
>> It doesn't matter how bleedin' obvious the idea is, just that they 
>> file for it. The PTO doesn't even check for prior art anymore, they 
>> seem to be leaving bad patent go through to the courts.
>>
> Sadly the patent office is pay per APPROVED patent.  They have no 
> incentive to research prior art or deny patents since it is literally 
> money out of their pocket.
>
I think the system would work a lot better if they got to charge MORE 
for a rejected patent. ;-)