The US Patent & Trade Office (USPTO) is planning a roundtable discussion for members of the tech community to begin to form a partnership with software makers in order to improve the sad state of patent law and trolling in the country. “Group consensus advice will not be sought,” the announcement says, and many believe software patents are entirely useless. But for change to happen, a dialogue is needed first. This seems like a step in the right direction. [Source: Groklaw]