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August 18, 2009

The End of the Peer-to-Patent Program

In June, the U.S. Patent Office shut down its Peer-to-Patent program after a test run which lasted for two years. The purpose the program was to obtain peer reviews early in the patent approval process. While the program was in effect, patent applicants could indicate their agreement to receive early peer reviews from volunteers. The program was processed through New York Law School's Center for Patent Innovation.

Critics of the program faulted the program for providing little incentive for participation. Ironically, the program was cancelled shortly after receiving recognition from White House Open Government Initiative.

Although I never made use of the program with any of my clients, the general concept of drawing on expertise from outside the Patent Office for uncovering relevant prior art seemed like a good idea to me.  I hope that whatever flaws may have existed in the Peer to Patent program do not discourage future efforts directed at drawing on such expertise to improve the quality and efficiency of patent examination.

Posted by BlogAuthor1 at August 18, 2009 11:03 AM
category: Intellectual Property Law

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