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Peer-to-Patent Pilot Steers Toward Change

Aug 16, 2007, 09:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mayank Sharma)

"On June 15, the New York Law School's Institute for Information Law and Policy, in cooperation with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), launched the Peer-to-Patent community patent review pilot program. While some sections of the free and open source community show little interest in the program, program leader Beth Noveck of the NYLC is upbeat, thanks to the interest shown by federal agencies including the Department of Commerce and software companies like Red Hat and Microsoft, and the prospect of replicating the program in other countries.

"The pilot program is designed to open up the patent examination process for public participation and scrutiny. It will put up 250 patent applications for public comment discussions..."

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