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Apocalypse Soon: U.S. Patent 100 Million Is Coming

Christopher White

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Remember Y2K? The world panicked about computers treating babies born on 1/1/00 as centenarians. After all, software that only stored two digits of the year couldn’t tell 1900 from 2000. Well, U.S. Patent 10,000,000 issued on June 19, and the world hasn’t ended yet. I guess the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) was prepared for the change from seven-digit patent numbers to eight-digit numbers. But there’s another problem coming, and I’d like to be the first to sound the alarm. Are you prepared for U.S. Patent 100,000,000?

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