The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has selected The Institute for Information Law & Policy at New York Law School’s Community Patent Review Project as one of its initiatives. In areas like Internet-related patents, the USPTO’s database is lacking and cannot possibly keep pace with the rate of innovation. The Community Patent Review Project opens up patent applications for review by anyone with access to the Internet. The goal is to reduce patent examiner workload and increase the quality of issued patents.
Persons submitting knowledge about patent applications will have to provide detailed information about themselves. Online voters will determine the top ten pieces of prior art to submit to the patent examiner. While the goals are laudable and I wish the project well, I will respectfully withhold my thoughts on the project until the project has a chance to get off the ground. If you would like to submit your patent application for review, you can do so here.