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Statistical Proof of the Worthlessness of Most (Software) Patents

The following table lists statistics of the amount of non-patent prior art actually used by the USPTO during the examination of software patents (as opposed to being cited in an IDS). As there over 10,000,000 patents, journal articles, conference papers, books, product literature - all potential invalidating prior art, software patent for which less than a few non-patent prior art items (indicated below in rotten-tomato red), let's be honest, such low-citing patents, are, IOOOO, crap. So crappy, the SPO will offer Patent Defense Insurance policies against individual such patents for a premium less than a third of the money spent to acquire the patent. Money spent that did not include an $1000 expense of a thorough search of the ... non-patent prior art. Those not spending the $1000? They have NO respect for the patent system, NO respect for the world of computer science, NO respect for Andrei Kolmogorov, and NO respect for their competitors.



As of June 2022, approximately 50% of all issued software patents were examined using NO non-patent prior art for the 102 (novelty) and 103 (obviousness) tests. While this is down from 60% reported over 25 years ago by the Internet Patent News Service, it still means that the majority of issued software patents are probably worthless (consistent with Finnegan & Henderson quoting analysts that "up to 97%" of all patents are of low-value). And this test is just one of 45+ done by the SPO Patent Analyzer. NO company, NO law firm, and NO patent broker, involved with acquisition of lots of software patents, should use the word 'quality'.

For example, consider a patent acquired by Dell, prosecuted by Jackson Walker, titled, "System and methods for opportunistic migration of digital assets", U.S. Patent 11,634,467, filed February 2019. The patent basically claims sending a file with short-range wireless if the file is small, with long-range wireless if the file is medium in size, and by wired landlines if the file is large. Forget that the patent, IOOOO, is completely invalid because it lacks 35 USC 112 enablement -- specific thresholds for small, medium and large are NOwhere discussed in the Specification. Re prior art, the patent cites NO NO NO non-patent prior art. Seriously. Dell, with its billions, couldn't afford a $1000 thorough prior art search, and a well-written Specification?


NUMBER OF SOFTWARE PATENTS THAT WERE EXAMINED
USING 0 to 20+ NON-PATENT PRIOR ART ITEMS

WEEK 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20+
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2022-06-28 1173 337 235 162 109 110 62 42 42 46 31 26 19 11 15 9 10 11 7 5 140
2022-06-21 918 267 187 98 75 86 54 47 40 40 16 20 20 14 17 12 17 9 7 4 125
2022-06-14 1203 286 210 164 116 93 69 60 33 32 37 27 19 12 16 7 11 12 10 9 167
2022-06-07 1121 343 231 157 123 105 86 53 42 28 32 31 27 32 22 7 13 10 13 9 142
2022-05-31 1226 348 227 132 121 88 72 52 43 34 31 28 24 24 9 9 11 6 15 8 140
2022-05-24 1142 338 228 131 108 94 80 65 32 36 30 31 22 16 15 14 17 10 14 5 165
2022-05-17 1207 328 204 147 117 77 63 50 44 36 16 24 17 13 16 11 7 9 10 7 150
2022-05-10 1201 298 217 143 105 104 63 50 45 32 19 25 22 12 16 15 9 4 11 3 165
2022-05-03 1160 307 229 139 121 103 64 50 43 38 34 32 21 21 9 6 19 8 14 11 156
2022-04-26 1124 320 216 154 115 101 72 44 50 35 31 17 17 16 12 5 15 7 6 9 185
2022-04-19 1151 319 230 163 115 86 49 54 56 33 35 25 25 10 17 11 16 8 10 12 140
2022-04-12 1202 340 237 153 117 72 69 69 40 38 25 33 14 14 14 10 13 15 16 8 136
2022-04-05 1159 334 215 147 116 98 80 49 51 45 25 26 21 18 12 16 11 12 15 14 146
2022-03-29 1162 299 204 168 129 81 66 50 37 31 32 17 19 28 12 13 9 9 8 11 165
2022-03-22 1142 305 228 159 113 89 82 56 59 39 27 22 21 18 15 13 7 17 16 10 156
2022-03-15 917 273 167 130 89 72 59 39 35 17 25 17 22 13 17 14 13 12 5 7 107
2022-03-08 1151 326 228 140 121 91 69 62 40 38 28 21 25 18 15 8 12 11 16 5 159



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