O’Reilly Radar Desperately In Need Of Patent WD-40

Over at the O’Reilly Radar blog, writer Andy Oram asks “Should the patent office open its internal guidelines to the public?” The question in Oram’s blog title is the last thing that needs to be addressed, however.  The first thing that needs to be addressed is the following paragraph:

As a simple example of the bias toward extending patents, consider that nobody ever appeals a patent examiner’s decision to grant a patent, but aggrieved applicants often appeal decisions to deny a patent.