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 story quotes Jon Dudas, USPTO Director as saying:
The USPTO continues to support the pilot of Peer Review to help it fulfill its promise as a way to help get the best prior art expeditiously before the examiner. Extending and expanding the pilot to include business-method patent applications will add more participants to the pilot and help us and the public better assess the effectiveness of Peer Review.
The story also announced the launch of New York Law School's Center for Patent Innovations. The CPI is headed by Mark Webbink, former senior VP and general counsel at Red Hat.
[CPI] is a group that will focus on developing community-building technology to improve the patent system. CPI will incorporate the Peer-to-Patent project and expand it by developing software-based service solutions that can be used by governments and communities of interest, designing methods for government and corporate partners to work together to produce better patents, and drafting legal frameworks to enable and enhance collaborative opportunities.
According to Webbink:
CPI will become a pioneer in the patent field, helping to create an environment of participation with patent examiners, scientists, and knowledgeable experts, thereby improving the understanding and effectiveness of patent systems. Establishing the Center for Patent Innovations was a natural progression for the Peer-to-Patent project.
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