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Sad Patent Attorney Comments

Patent attorney and pro-patent shill Dale Halling writes: "According to US Patent and Trademark (USPTO) Power Point presentation the allowance rate has again fallen to 41% by mid year 2009. This continues the sad trend of falling allowance rates that started in 2002."

Why is it a "sad trend"? What if there are "too many" "poor quality" patents being issued, and fewer junk patents are being allowed?


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I have no idea what may have happened in the past with you and Mr. Halling, but this post referring to him as a "pro-patent shill" is in my view unprofessional. Yes, this may be a blog, but I see no good reason to depart from proper decorum among professionals.
I have no idea what may have happened in the past with you and Mr. Halling, but this post referring to him as a "pro-patent shill" is in my view unprofessional. Yes, this may be a blog, but I see no good reason to depart from proper decorum among professionals.

Would it be better to call him a pro-monopoly rent-seeking parasite? For that's what he is, professionalism aside.

Mr. Stepp,

I know nothing about your CV, but I do know that Messrs. Kinsella and Halling are both practitioners of law. Professional decorum is more likely to engender a thoughtful response and discussion than "name calling".

I'm not a lawyer, if it matters. DB recently complained in a comment on this blog about a NY Times article that he claimed referred to patents as monopolies. Funny thing is that the article made no such claim, nor did it even mention the word monopoly, as I pointed out in reply. So I wonder just how thoughtful his responses might be.

Professionalism to me implies a certain minimum level of competence. I don't see it in stuff he has written.


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