Sunday, January 24, 2010

Explanation of Examiner incentives

I've alluded to the Examiner count system a couple of times on this blog, but never bothered to explain it. I found a series of posts on the Patents 101 blog, titled "What is the Examiner's Motivation?", which has a good overview of the Examiner performance evaluation system. If you don't know much about counts and biweeks at the PTO, I think this would be good reading.

The posts are written by a patent attorney, and I'm not sure I agree with all the conclusions he draws about how the count system plays out. Nonetheless, I'm always interested in hearing different viewpoints, so these posts are worth reading for that reason too.

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