[LINK] EFF Patent Busting Project

stephen at melbpc.org.au stephen at melbpc.org.au
Tue May 12 18:15:38 EST 2009


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> EFF Patent Busting Project
> http://w2.eff.org/patent/
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> Open Invention Network
> http://openinventionnetwork.com/linux911contact.php


Also of note:

http://www.linuxdefenders.org/projects?tab=1


Peer-to-Patent is a historic initiative by the United States Patent and 
Trademark Office (USPTO) that opens the patent examination process to 
public participation for the first time. 

Peer-to-Patent is an online system that aims to improve the quality of 
issued patents by enabling the public to supply USPTO with information 
relevant to assessing the claims of pending patent applications.

This pilot project connects an open network for community input to the 
patent examination process by identifying and ranking prior art relevant 
to the patent application in question. The community supplies information 
and research based on its expertise. The patent examiner makes the final 
determination on the basis of legal standards.

This process combines the democracy of open participation with the 
legitimacy and effectiveness of administrative decision making.

Peer-to-Patent provides an opportunity to: 

* Open up the closed patent review process to more information and enable 
better decision making. 

* Improve the existing system by avoiding the issuance of overly broad 
patents. 

* Demonstrate empirically the role that non-governmental experts can play 
in improving decision making. 

This is more than just a Web site about patent applications—it makes 
public participation relevant to actual decision making. (end quote)

At: http://peertopatent.org/

Peer-to-Patent opens the patent examination process to public 
participation for the first time.

Become part of this historic program. Help the USPTO find the information 
relevant to assessing the claims of pending patent applications. Become a 
community reviewer and improve the quality of patents.

Click here to see a list of all applications.
Click here to be notified of any new applications via RSS
Click here to be notified of new applications via email (requires login)
Learn more about how Peer-to-Patent works, click here

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Cheers,
Stephen


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