"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..."