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  •  A few hundred thousand patents (0+ / 0-)

    are not a fence, they are a minefield.

    And as a patent attorney you should know words count.

    And in many cases the English language is not distinctive enough to write a really effective claim.

    I own many dictionaries including crossword puzzle dictionaries and thesauruses.

    Drugs being chemicals, are based on atoms (C, S, H ,O ,N) which can be clearly and distinctly described and inventions like drugs and chemicals can be well-protected by a patent system.

    A patent system that protects inventions via words is only as good as the language and since the English language is very much abused the US pantent system for inventions that must be described by words is not very good or effective.

    A mine is an effective weapon of war, but a soldier if he knows it is there can step around it.

    •  Please list any subject matter that's patentable.. (0+ / 0-)

      ...that's the subject of "a few hundred thousand patents".  And don't just say "pharmaceuticals" or something overly broad like that - focus on a specific molecule (say, a specific ring structure) and you'll find that 99.999% of those "few hundred thousand patents" are completely irrelevant.  That's not much of a minefield.

      And words are not a good basis for defining inventions?  Of course they are.  Western civilization itself, of which patenting is a small part, rests on words, and they have done very well for centuries now.  This isn't even passably a critique of the patent system.

      The road to Hell is paved with pragmatism.

      by TheOrchid on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 05:51:00 PM PST

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