IBM Dreams Up Online Inventor’s Forum

The Dallas Morning News:

Along with the announcement that it has won the top patent spot for the 14th consecutive year, IBM is unveiling an online program called the Inventor’s Forum.

The forum will be a place where entrepreneurs and small-business owners can share ideas and proposals on how to improve the patenting process.

Marc Ehrlich, an attorney in IBM’s patent portfolio management team, said that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is overwhelmed by patent applications, many of which should not be granted because they’re too obvious, broad or not new.

The forum will go live sometime in the second quarter, giving registered users an online discussion room to air grievances and propose solutions.

Photo by IBM.

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