The first patent application to be trialled under the new fast track will doubtless be applied for by Business Minister Vince Cable himself, says Merpel: it's for a new substance called Business Growth Hormone. Its claims are not insubstantial, though there may be problems with inutility.
The IPKat is more inclined to find virtue in the proposal, but still wonders about various things. Can we be satisfied that a 90-day patent will be as carefully examined, and as likely to be upheld? Even if the presumption of validity is just as strong for a speedypat, might not competitors feel more strongly tempted to challenge it? And would this facility confer a particular advantage on so-called patent trolls, who would have the opportunity of charging rent at a far earlier time?
Fastest cat here -- not a good omen. It can rapidly get up to speed, but is soon out of puff
The good old days, when you could get a patent in just over six weeks, here