‘Although only a modest decline of .3% during fiscal year 2015‘
That number is highly skewed and unreliable if not meaningless. Like suits filed, as a result of AIA patent applicants have been forced to file multiple times for the same invention so if one only counts original applications they will find filings are actually substantially down. For inventors and small entities we and our attorneys will tell you they have nearly stopped.
We also believe you will find the number of EPO applications has more to do with the weakness of the American patent system than is does in improved opportunities abroad. The old world is still the old world. It is the US patent system that has changed. For American inventors and small entities it is now nearly dead. It has become too hard, too slow and too expensive for us to get and enforce our patents.
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