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Peer To Patent Australia Completes Peer Review Phase of Pilot

Thu, 10 Jun 2010 09:02:27 -0500

The peer review phase of the inaugural Peer To Patent Australia pilot project is now complete. In all, 31 pending patent applications put forward voluntarily by participating applicants were reviewed by the community of peer reviewers. During the six months...

World Intellectual Property Organization Considers Peer To Patent Approach

Thu, 10 Jun 2010 08:50:05 -0500

In a document released May 17, 2010, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) released its latest proposal for a Peer To Patent-type system for allowing third parties to contribute prior art and commentary at the international phase of Patent Cooperation...

USPTO Director David Kappos at NYLS Friday 3/26 1pm

Thu, 18 Mar 2010 14:28:50 -0600

Director of the USPTO, David Kappos, to Speak at New York Law School on the Future of the Patent Office New York, NY (2010)—David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and...

USPTO Seeks Feedback on Patent Quality Initiatives

Mon, 14 Dec 2009 14:21:05 -0600

In a Federal Register notice published on December 9, 2009, the USPTO is seeking feedback on its patent quality initiatives and seeking suggestions on new activities that may improve patent quality. Specifically, the USPTO wishes to focus on improving the...

Peer-to-Patent Australia Launches

Tue, 08 Dec 2009 18:00:00 -0600

Peer-to-Patent Australia, a project based on the successful Peer-to-Patent project run out of the New York Law School (NYLS) in the United States, launches December 9. The project, run by Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in cooperation with IP Australia,...

An Inside Look at the Peer-to-Patent System

Thu, 13 Aug 2009 13:41:01 -0500

It can be said that patents are the key to sustaining innovative products and patent law is certainly an active area of legal practice in the U.S. But the U.S. Patent and Trademark office has been overwhelmed and undermanned. Could...

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Manny Schecter Guest Blogs on IBM Research

Wed, 29 Jul 2009 12:48:57 -0500

Manny Schecter, Associate General Counsel to IBM’s Technology and Intellectual Property organization, highlights key achievements of Peer-to-Patent's Second Year Report on the IBM Research Blog. In the post, he notes the dramatic increase in the amount of business methods and...

Collaborating Lawyers Launch Law Review

Tue, 14 Jul 2009 06:22:14 -0500

Under the umbrella of the European Legal Network, the world's largest community of lawyers and licensing specialists in the field of free and open source software, the first issue of the International Free and Open Source Law Review (IFOSSLR) was...

Peer-to-Patent Releases Second Anniversary Report

Tue, 07 Jul 2009 11:15:03 -0500

Peer-to-Patent, recognized by the White House Open Government Initiative as an innovative social networking program, celebrates its second anniversary today. To commemorate this occasion, the Center for Patent Innovations at New York Law School has released the Second Anniversary Report....

Open Government - Keeping It Professional

Wed, 24 Jun 2009 08:06:43 -0500

With President Obama’s open government initiative gaining exposure in mainstream media, an important question about feasibility of such a program has been posed in Saul Hansell’s piece in the New York Times Bits section, entitled “Can the Wonks Beat the...

Last Minute Deluge Hits Peer-to-Patent

Wed, 24 Jun 2009 08:02:34 -0500

With the deadline for eligibility for applications to participate in Peer-to-Patent on June 15, the program has been hit with a deluge of last minute applications. Yesterday the program received 24 new applications from the USPTO. That number represents more...

David Kappos Nominated to Lead USPTO

Thu, 18 Jun 2009 18:57:24 -0500

Today President Obama announced his nomination for Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, David Kappos. David presently serves as Vice President and Assistant General for Intellectual Property at IBM. In...

Second Year of Peer-to-Patent Pilot Ending

Fri, 12 Jun 2009 15:16:06 -0500

At the close of business on Monday, June 15, 2009, the USPTO will no longer be accepting new consents from applicants to include their applications in Peer-to-Patent. Consents already filed covering applications published on or before June 15 will still...

Peer-to-Patent Recognized by White House

Fri, 12 Jun 2009 15:13:53 -0500

Peer-to-Patent was recently identified by the White House Open Government Initiative as one of the innovations in Open Government. Peer-to-Patent was included in the Innovations Gallery and is recognized for its contributions to the operations of the USPTO. The USPTO...

Article One Partners Recognized as Startup of the Year

Thu, 11 Jun 2009 09:31:57 -0500

Backlogged patents and bogged down legislation. Broad patents awarded to inventors who have no interest in making or using their innovation and costly litigation. These are all issues the patent world is facing today, for which reform may be the...

Peer- to- Patent as a Business Model?

Sun, 22 Mar 2009 20:10:07 -0600

Since its launch over 2 years ago, Peer-to-Patent has been called a lot of things, but business model is a new one. John Hagel and John Seely Brown in the article titled “Peer-to-Patent: A System for Increasing Transparency”, recognized Peer-to-Patent...

Peer-to-Patent in BusinessWeek

Fri, 20 Mar 2009 16:54:05 -0600

BusinessWeek recently profiled Peer-to-Patent in "Peer-to-Patent: A System for Increasing Transparency". The article discusses the history of P2P, the project's potential for wider adoption at the USPTO, and possibilities for similar projects in all areas of government. The article closes with a list of lessons for business executives that can be taken from P2P, including harnessing the power of teams and not overdefining collaboration spaces. The entire article is available here.

IBM's Modifies Strategy to Incorporate Peer Review

Tue, 17 Mar 2009 12:25:15 -0600

In the article “Innovative IBM has a Drive to Invent”, Jason Starr of the Essex Reporter discusses the method in which an IBM facility in Essex Junction provides a model of innovation and efficiency with a shift to openness. In...

Peer-to-Patent in Christian Science Monitor

Sun, 15 Mar 2009 15:13:50 -0600

In an article titled "Has the US patent system gone too far?", James Turner of the Christian Science Monitor discusses strategic changes in the landscape of the technology industry, including the "kind of uneasy 'mutually assured destruction' standoff among giants...

Peer-to-Patent Update

Thu, 05 Mar 2009 16:54:36 -0600

Since the Peer-to-Patent pilot launched, there have been 370,011 pageviews from 67,188 absolute unique visitors in 152 countries/territories. There are currently 2,501 registered users of the site and nearly 350 prior art uploads by volunteer experts since the project’s launch....

Patents and Social Networks

Tue, 24 Feb 2009 14:37:02 -0600

An upcoming paper by members of the Center for Technology Assessment, University Park, PA, discusses how social networking can be used to help identify prior art. The paper discusses Peer-to-Patent, and other pilot projects and ideas for helping the USPTO...

New Article featuring Director Mark Webbink

Thu, 12 Feb 2009 17:11:57 -0600

A recent article titled "Shiny, Shiny Patents" posted on features Mark Webbink, Director of the Center for Patent Innovations here at New York Law School, in a discussion on the current state of the patent industry. According to the...

Peer-to-Patent in EETimes

Mon, 02 Feb 2009 13:35:03 -0600

EETimes, February 2, 2009 - Pilot patent program shows promise. Article discusses success and potential of Peer-to-Patent in improving the patent system. "A pilot program in its second year shows promise for improving what many observers say is the poor...

Peer to Patent featured in IEEE-USA Today's Engineer

Mon, 22 Dec 2008 14:00:08 -0600

12.08 Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) publishes article about Peer to Patent - Using the Internet to Promote Progress in Science and Technology full article -

Peer to Patent Cited in National Journal Online Article

Wed, 17 Dec 2008 06:34:48 -0600

In a December 16, 2008, article in the National Journal Online, David Herbert quotes a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office spokesperson as stating, "Expanding the Community Patent Review Project [Peer to Patent] could lighten the workload for examiners, a majority...

Getting your application into Peer to Patent

Tue, 16 Dec 2008 15:14:49 -0600

On December 1, 2008, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office sent out 10,000 notices to parties whose pending patent applications are eligible to participate in Peer to Patent. Just as a reminder, an application is eligible if it: falls into...

Beth Noveck, Peer to Patent in Financial Times

Wed, 10 Dec 2008 12:22:15 -0600

The Financial Times Article (Obama weighs putting the wisdom of crowds to work, Dec. 8, 2008) discusses "technologies and ideas behind participative government" and the expectation on President-elect Barack Obama to "embed a degree of internet-age transparency and interactivity into...

Linux Defenders in Fortune

Mon, 08 Dec 2008 10:23:14 -0600

From Fortune Legal Pad with Roger Parloff: On Tuesday a consortium of technology companies, including IBM, will launch a new initiative designed to help shield the open-source software community from threats posed by companies or individuals holding dubious software patents...

Peer-to-Patent Discussed by Google CEO Eric Schmidt

Fri, 21 Nov 2008 10:59:19 -0600

At a recent event sponsored by the New America Foundation, Google CEO Eric Schmidt pointed to Peer-to-Patent when discussing the development of clean energy, and more importantly, the broader potential for public-private partnerships to revolutionize government, infrastructure, and aid the faltering economy. Schmidt praised the USPTO's Peer-to-Patent initiative and wondered, "why is that not true of every branch of government?" Full coverage on Ars Technica.

Article One Partners Launches New Patent Quality Site

Mon, 17 Nov 2008 13:38:34 -0600

Article One Partners, LLC launched today as a new system for scrutinizing the validity of patents. The new venture hopes to extend the idea of peer review to finding evidence of validity for high profile granted patents. Like Peer-to-Patent, the...

Peer-to-Patent In IP Today

Wed, 12 Nov 2008 13:32:51 -0600

Joseph N. Hosteny's column, Litigator's Corner, reviews Peer-to-Patent in the November issue of IP Today. In the article, Hosteny agrees with the project fundamentals: The focus of the project is certainly on the correct point in the process – i.e.,...

Peer to Patent in Popular Science article on use of Technology to improve Government and Democracy

Tue, 28 Oct 2008 10:43:55 -0600

Popular Science publishes article with suggestions to the next president of the United States for a "new kind of Government", an executive branch that is "endowed with all the extraordinary capabilities of the modern internet". "A truly modern presidency would...

Peer to Patent discussed in Information Week article about Patent Reform

Tue, 28 Oct 2008 10:10:00 -0600

exerpt from article: "...With patent reform legislation stalled in Congress and the courts clogged with cases, Peer-to-Patent’s stringent, open patent examination process is something Yahoo and other companies, particularly those engaged in Internet-based businesses, think is sorely needed. They’re concerned...

Peer-to-Patent in AP: Program turns to online masses to improve patents

Mon, 15 Sep 2008 10:50:03 -0500

By JOELLE TESSLER, AP Technology Writer Some of the biggest players in the technology industry complain that the U.S. patent system is broken — putting too many patents of dubious merit in the hands of people who can use them...

Beth Noveck Makes Presentation to Science in the 21st Century Conference

Fri, 12 Sep 2008 09:15:32 -0500

September 11, 2008. Beth Noveck made a presentation on Designing Digital Institutions: Science in Government at the Science in the 21st Century Conference (Setp. 8-12, Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Ontario). In her presentation, Noveck described a "lack of access to good...

Peer-to-Patent in Science Progress

Wed, 10 Sep 2008 10:35:05 -0500

Science Progress published an article by Nancy Scola on Peer-to-Patent entitled "Better Patents Through Crowdsourcing." The article begins by describing the state of the patent system, illustrated by the infamous Blackberry case, which at one point had Blackberry maker Research...

Beth Noveck, Peer to Patent, in new book by editor of 'Wired' Magazine

Thu, 04 Sep 2008 17:15:08 -0500

An intriguing account of Beth Noveck's first steps that led to the development of Peer to Patent is described by Jeff Howe in his new book, Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd is Driving the Future of Business (Crown...

Peer to Patent discussed in the Journal of Engineering and Public Policy (Aug. 2008)

Thu, 04 Sep 2008 10:29:26 -0500

An Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) sponsored article for the Journal of Engineering and Public Policy (Volume 12, August 2008), "Better Prior Art Utilization to Improve Patent Quality", discusses Peer to Patent as a solution to the "serious...

Center for Patent Innovations in The National Law Journal

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 10:00:17 -0500

The National Law Journal published a story announcing the USPTO extension of Peer-to-Patent. The project will be extended until June 15, 2009 and expanded to include applications pending in the automated business data processing technologies (Class 705: business methods). The...

Japan Patent Office Launches Community Patent Review

Mon, 28 Jul 2008 11:43:40 -0500

On July 16th, the Japan Patent Office launched their version of Peer-to-Patent, entitled Community Patent Review, opening the patent process up for public participation. Although the pilot launched less than 2 weeks ago, the site has already accepted 38 applications...

Beth Noveck among Leading Women in Politics, Technology, Policy

Tue, 22 Jul 2008 16:10:55 -0500

The Political Voices of Women, a blog featuring opinion and commentary from over 400 female political bloggers, has named Beth Noveck to their list of "Women Leading in Politics and Technology or Policy." From the site: "We hope this list...

USPTO Extends and Expands Peer Review Pilot

Sun, 20 Jul 2008 00:39:53 -0500

Washington, D.C. – The Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced it will extend the duration, increase the maximum number of applications, and expand the scope of applications eligible to participate in the Peer Review...

Peer-to-Patent in Groklaw

Thu, 17 Jul 2008 10:11:55 -0500

Groklaw posted a blog article in response to the USPTO's announcement that Peer-to-Patent will be extended for another year as well as expanded to include patent applications for business methods. Groklaw author Pamela Jones was enthusiastic about the continued efforts...

USPTO and NYLS Announce Extension and Expansion of Peer-to-Patent Pilot

Thu, 17 Jul 2008 09:43:17 -0500

NYLS Announces New Center for Patent Innovations to Be Led by Former Red Hat Executive Mark Webbink New York, NY (July, 16, 2008)—New York Law School, in cooperation with the United States Trademark and Patent Office (USPTO), today announced the...

Recommendation of Peer-to-Patent in The American

Mon, 14 Jul 2008 12:29:04 -0500

Carl Schramm and Robert Litan have written an article titled "The Growth Solution" which has recently been published in The American. The authors discuss an entrepreneurial agenda for correcting some of the major problems affecting the United States, both at home and abroad. The authors advocate a more balanced IP regime and discuss the necessity of patent reform. "Assuming this experiment (Peer-to-Patent) proves to be as promising as it sounds, the next president should urge the PTO to adopt and Congress to accept this new way of assessing patents much more broadly." We think the promising results are apparent (see our Anniversary Report)! Click here for the full article.

Federal Computer Week Reports on Peer-to-Patent

Wed, 09 Jul 2008 05:20:53 -0500

Federal Computer Week, a leading technical trade magazine, published an article reviewing the Peer-to-Patent First Anniversary Report. The article, entitled "USPTO encouraged by peer patent review," quotes USPTO Commissioner for Patents John Doll as saying: We are encouraged by the...

Prior Artist Award Winner guest blogs on Patently-O

Mon, 07 Jul 2008 09:47:40 -0500

Peer-to-Patent Prior Artist Award winner Mark Nowotarski guest blogged on the well-known Patently-O blog, along with Tom Bakos. They discuss 35 U.S.C. 122(c), which deals with protest and pre-issuance opposition. The authors note the success of the Peer-to-Patent pilot and suggest amending 122(c) in order to further foster public participation in the patent examination process. Click here for the full text.

Noveck Guest Blogger on Nudge

Mon, 07 Jul 2008 08:17:22 -0500

At the Nudge blog, transparent governments that hold a running two-way dialogue with their citizenry are considered better governments. New York Law School professor and guest blogger Beth Simone Noveck takes up transparency and participation in this post about a creative program that opens up the patent process to the American people and asks for their input. Noveck created the idea, called Peer-to-Patent (the NYLS web site about the project is here), which in its first year has already changed how patents are reviewed and approved by bringing new voices and new knowledge into the process.

Peer-to-Patent on O'Reilly Radar

Wed, 02 Jul 2008 16:05:21 -0500

O'Reilly Radar posted an article today by Andy Oram entitled "Encouraging results from Peer-to-Patent." Oram begins:
Congratulations to the organizers of Peer-to-Patent, which is carrying off one of the most audacious experiments in Internet activism in our day. A lot of ink has been spilled about Barack Obama's application of social networking techniques to presidential campaigning (and to Ron Paul's successful fund-raising before that) but Peer-to-Patent makes those achievements seem entirely run-of-the-mill.

Peer-to-Patent Article Published in Japan's Tokugikon

Thu, 26 Jun 2008 13:41:39 -0500

Beth Simone Noveck, founder of Peer-to-Patent, has recently been published in Tokugikon's No. 249. Tokugikon is published by Japan's Patent Office Technology Research Association. The article, "Peer-to-Patent: Collaborative Government Examination," is an excerpt from Professor Noveck's forthcoming book. The article is available here and the Japanese translation here.