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What is patent quality?

I'd like to explore patent quality more formally rather than just posting numbers to a blog. More importantly, I'd love to hear your feedback, and, in particular, any way I can improve my understanding of patent quality. If you have a lot of feedback or interest, please stop by the Technology Patent Network conference tomorrow in San Francisco, where I'll be talking about patent quality from 4:15 to 4:45.
Patent quality has received a bit of attention recently as patent systems around the world continue to self-evaluate with respect to others, as the case law continues to clarify that not all patents are created equal, and as patent tool vendors successfully push value-added insights. Still, there seems to be quite a bit of disagreement on the subject.
In 2017, former Chief Judge Paul Michel stated: "I think at the end of the day, patents are either valid or invalid as a legal instrument and therefore it's not very helpful to talk about quality or 'good' o…