Hacker News new | comments | show | ask | jobs | submit login

USPTO denies over 90% of initial applications, and even with appeals factored in, less than 50% of applications end up getting approved (it was 48% in 2011).

The problem as I understand it from people who have worked in the industry, is that if you have the money, you can keep adjusting the application and resubmitting, and eventually the probability of getting the bogus patent approved approaches 1.

Guidelines | FAQ | Support | API | Security | Lists | Bookmarklet | Legal | Apply to YC | Contact