Open sourcing the patent process

This story (Open Call From the Patent Office – 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 and wanted to suggest a resrouce to add: 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 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,

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