Having viewed the fundamental problems, it is pertinent to outline some of the alleged abuses of the American patent system as it operates in our modern business and industrial economy and to canvass some of the proposed remedies. First are abuses that might be termed attempts to extend the duration of the patent monopoly. These stem mainly from the procedural aspects of the patent laws. Foremost among them is the problem of long pendency of applications, particularly the dilatory tactics that are possible under the law, which postpone issuance of the patent, thus extending the time duration of the patent protection. Closely allied are problems of lack of sufficient facilities and personnel in the Patent Office, the complicated internal procedures and practices, the time-consuming interference procedures, and other similar sources of abuse inherent in the patent laws as they stand.
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