Editor's note: This is a guest post by Bernard J. Knight Jr., whose bio is below.
As legislation proceeds on the Hill to deal with the patent troll issue, many are lobbying Congress to expand the ability to challenge software patents before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
In 2011, Congress enacted the America Invents Act (AIA), which created several new means to attack the validity of patents.
One judge has referred to the new proceedings as setting up a "schizophrenic" situation where the agency that granted patents now is charged with potentially invalidating them. The … Read more