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US Patent Office to Try 'Open Source' Approach

Jun 12, 2007, 13:30 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott M. Fulton)

"As urgent appeals for lawmakers to finally address multiple defects in US patent law appear to finally be taken seriously, the US Patent and Trademark Office is considering riding this wave of upheaval and making a tremendous change of its own: Last week, it announced its official support of a Web site whose purpose will be to encourage citizens to assess the validity of patent applications for themselves, and issue challenges where necessary.

"The goal is to expedite the discovery of 'prior art'--creations that existed before the applicant for a patent claimed he invented them. If successful, the Peer-to-Patent Web site could become a kind of SourceForge for intellectual property integrity..."

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