Patent Act of 2005

John Cowan jcowan at
Tue Apr 26 17:05:42 UTC 2005

Bruce Perens scripsit:

> Please see for
> an early print of the Patent Act of 2005. The bill does a number of good
> things for us, and currently has a really egregious portion that
> establishes a new standard for "reasonable and effective accessability"
> of prior art that would further reduce the standard for novelty of
> patents by making some prior art irrelevant. I am working on this, as
> are CCIA, EFF and the Public Patent Foundation.

It looks to me that if the prior art is findable by googling, then it's
reasonably and effectively accessible, which is a big win relative to
the previous de facto standard that prior art only exists in previous
patent filings.

But the next day there came no dawn,            John Cowan
and the Grey Company passed on into the         jcowan at
darkness of the Storm of Mordor and were
lost to mortal sight; but the Dead    
followed them.          --"The Passing of the Grey Company"

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