US patent process opening to comment

The authoritative MIT journal, Technology Review, reports on a new website called Peer-to-Patent that intends to harness the power of online collaboration to streamline patent review. By creating a community around each application, the site facilitates public discussion and lets people upload relevant information. The United States Patent and Trademark Office is currently involved in a limited trial of Peer-to-Patent, with the hope that it will bring openness and transparency to a review process that was previously limited to communication between the applicant and the examiner vetting the patent. For further information on Peer-to-Patent and additional material on the US patent process, please click here.

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