Second Peer-To-Patent Pilot Phase Has Begun - UK-IPO Might Join Later

The Peer-to-Patent project (also known as the Community Patent Review project) is an initiative that seeks reform of the patent system by gathering public input in a structured, productive manner. Peer-to-Patent seeks to improve the quality of issued patents by connecting the USPTO to an open network of experts online. In July 2009, I had reported that a first pilot phase of the U.S. Peet-to-Patent project was set oin hold. A new Peer To Patent pilot recently was announced by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and New York Law School. The new pilot will test the ability of the project to scale, both in volume and across subject matter areas. The maximum number of applications to be processed in this pilot has been increased to 1000 from the lower limit of 400 in the earlier pilot. In addition, the classes of subject-matter eligible to participate in the pilot is being increased threefold and will now include biotechnology, biopharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and speech recognition technology. The new pilot will commence on October 25, 2010 and will continue to accept applications through September 30, 2011 ...

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