This departure from well-settled law must not be taken lightly. Unless reversed, Ariosa will winnow incentives and opportunities for innovation by allowing patents on old and known ideas to continue impeding the economically fruitful endeavors of others. This will not only insulate weak patents from meaningful post-issuance review, but also encourage future applicants to claim as their own advances that others already made, leading the Patent Office to issue patents that impede rather than promote technological progress. It further introduces problematic instabilities into the mechanics of the Patent Act and into the administration of the Patent Office as an agency. These serious consequences necessitate this Court’s review.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
August 24, 2018