Risks Of ‘Crowdsourcing’ To Find Prior Art

Law360, New York (April 4, 2011, 1:59 PM EDT) -- Never heard of it? If not, you will soon. Wikipedia — the most famous example of “crowdsourcing” — describes it as a form of outsourcing that takes tasks traditionally performed by an employee and outsourcing them to a group of people through an “open call” asking for contributions. Jeff Howe, “The Rise of Crowdsourcing”. Wired. (June 2006) (http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.06/crowds.html. Retrieved 2007-03-17.)

Can crowdsourcing work in the patent world? The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s “Peer-to-Patent” program is a form of it. What about the litigation world? On...
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