Open sourcing the patent process

This story (Open Call From the Patent Office – washingtonpost.com) suggest that a breath of fresh air may be entering the patent-review process:

The Patent and Trademark Office is starting a pilot project that will not only post patent applications on the Web and invite comments but also use a community rating system designed to push the most respected comments to the top of the file, for serious consideration by the agency’s examiners. A first for the federal government, the system resembles the one used by Wikipedia, the popular user-created online encyclopedia.

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oh, and this is the sort of thing I would have posted to the The Power of Many blog in the past but in the interests of blog-consolidation I am posting it here now.
Which means I have to next import all the PoM original posts into this blog, under a single category, and then have the PoM site subscribe to that category from this blog so it can still have fresh content on its home page from time to time.

2 Responses to “Open sourcing the patent process”

  1. james ryley Says:

    I saw your page at http://xianlandia.com/te-amo/2007/03/05/open_sourcing_the_patent_process.html and wanted to suggest a resrouce to add: http://www.FreePatentsOnline.com. This site allows free patent searching, free PDF downloading, free alerts, and more. It is a good resource for IP attorneys, patent searchers, scientific researchers, students, and small businesses.

  2. Jamie Says:

    Another excellent patent searching website is http://www.wikipatents.com. WikiPatents has the largest database of patents open for public comment on the internet, allows PDF downloading of patents, free patent translation into multiple languages, and additional information and resources. I recommend adding it to your page as a helpful resource.
    Have a nice day,
    Jamie

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