USPTO Says Peer-to-Patent Program Is A Winner

Law360, New York (May 5, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office says its initiative allowing the general public to examine pending patent applications online has so far been a success.

The Peer-to-Patent project began last June in cooperation with New York Law School. During that time, the agency has used an example of prior art contributed by amateur patent examiners to reject at least one claim in each of five applications, the agency announced last week.

Under the pilot program, inventors agree to have their patent applications posted for up to...
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