The New York Times reports that Jon Dudas, director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, wants changes in the patent law that would require the applicants to conduct a thorough search of prior art, and provide a explanation why the patent being sought represents a significant innovation in the field.…
The Register reports on a company called Intellectual Weapons, which offers to patent fixes for newly discovered security vulnerabilities, weaknesses, or technical flaws in software. Then the company will seek to license the fixes to vendors of the vulnerable products and other security providers.
Intellectual Weapons describes their process:
- You submit vulnerabilities you have discovered, without telling anyone else.
- If we accept them, we work together to develop a fix.
- We develop intellectual property relating to the fix, and license or enforce it
- You share in the profits
The company acknowledges enforcement may be tough:
Enforcing the IP may not be straightforward-we fully anticipate major battles. . . .We only want people who dare to play for high stakes.