18 January 2010

USPTO embarrassing

On the Forum on Modernizing Government President Obama said that "believe it or not, in our patent office - now, this is embarrassing - this is an institution responsible for protecting and promoting innovation - our patent office receives more than 80 percent of patent applications electronically, then manually prints them out, scans them, and enters them into an outdated case management system…” and analysed that this was one reason for the fact that average patent procecution takes “roughly three years”, as reportet by the IPKat. As far as I am able to tell from my practice, neither is the average patent procecution as quick as three years nor can I believe that the initial processing of electronically filed applications may be major problem when it comes to long procecution times before the USPTO.