Patent Office Preps Peer Review
Critics of the US Patent Office get their chance to put their expertise where their blogs are and participate in a new peer review initiative aimed at finding patents that are obvious creations and thus not qualified for a patent.
Ideally, all patented inventions would be novel and nonobvious. But the issuer of patents in the United States, the US Patent and Trademark Office, has been accused many times of rubber stamping patents that end up harming other inventions due to the patent covering some obvious function.
Like many government agencies, USPTO has by its admission been ill-equipped to handle the workload, namely a flood of patent filings in the modern era. Beginning Friday, the Patent Office may finally have a way to improve its research.
IBM will sponsor the effort, which will be hosted by New York Law School. A description of the project appears on its website:
Professor Beth Noveck has been influential in driving the establishment of Peer To Patent, including its partnership with USPTO. Her blog announced the public briefing on Friday will be held in Alexandria, VA; registrations will be first come, first served and limited to 220 people.
David Utter is a staff writer for WebProNews covering technology and business.