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> This is not something that a patent examiner has the tools, training, and, most importantly, time to do on initial application.

... which then begs the question: If the USPTO cannot do adequate research for granting a valid patent, then why are they granting patents?

They have a mandate to grant patents. They have a certain budget to fulfill that mandate. I imagine (although I don't know) that they do the best they can to grant valid patents within those constraints.

I don't think the patent office is under any obligation to grant any particular patent. If they are unable to properly process a patent application, the consequence should be a decade long backlog that forces lawmakers to make a more sensible law, not a mountain of bogus patents that are worse than useless.

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