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Thursday, July 14, 2005

Interesting Idea for Patent Reform

Wired is running a story about using an "internet-based, peer-review method", proposed by Beth Noveck (New York Law School Institute for Information Law and Policy Director) called 'Peer to Patent'.

Basically, applications for patents would be submitted to a peer-review community of experts who would decide on applications using a rating system. This gets the decision making process out of the sole hands of the patent office - the current system, which is clearly broken (USPTO Needs Reforms). For 2005, the backlog of cases facing the patent office will grow by 85,000. Something needs to be changed.

The beauty of this idea is that it would not require lawmakers to get involved. We would just have to convince the USPTO to switch to this method. It would also take a good bit of time to setup and get the kinks worked out.


  • From IPBiz on 26 Jan 06:

    I have published an article "Patent Reform 2005: Earth to Major Tom" [Intellectual Property Today] about problems with having peer review of patent applications. It was not cited in the Community Patent Project, but may be it should have been. I also pointed out the substantive problems with peer review of the fraudulent papers of Jan-Hendrik Schon, now amplifield by the peer review of the fraudulent papers of Woo Suk Hwang in embryonic stem cell research. The Community Patent Project did not talk about that issue either.

    By Blogger Lawrence B. Ebert, at 21 February, 2006 08:32  

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