Patent Decisions Since 2000 Invalid?

Anyone see the NY Times article In One Flaw, Questions on Validity of 46 Judges? Basically, a law professor discovered a constitutional flaw in the appointment process for judges who decide patent appeals and disputes.  This goes back to 2000. That means thousands of patent cases and billions of dollars in licenses. The really interesting part is that no one, including the patent office, is saying he is wrong.
Imagine all those startups thinking they are secure with a patent to cover their IP. This is one crazy cloud over so that thought. Granted, a bunch of recent patents are completely bogus, but now the patent trolls could have a field day. Definitely need to keep an eye on this one.

I wonder if that means the patent I just received last month is not valid anymore…






One response to “Patent Decisions Since 2000 Invalid?”

  1. Dave Avatar

    One minor clarification: This only affects those patents that were challenged. I guess that means my most recent patent is safe.

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