The age of peer patenting

The patent office is experimenting with the concept of opening the examination process to outsiders, inviting public peer reviews. On June 15, Mr. Dudas said, the patent office will begin a pilot project for open reviews of software patents. The patents in the pilot program will be posted on a Web site, and members of the public with software expertise will be allowed to send the patent office technical references relevant to the patent claims.

Read this article from the New York Times and visit the ‘peer to patent’ website and blog. Discussion at MetaFilter.

Previously from WNM: Parallel refereeing: open and closed peer review

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