Manny Schecter, Associate General Counsel to IBM’s Technology and Intellectual Property organization, highlights key achievements of Peer-to-Patent's Second Year Report on the IBM Research Blog. In the post, he notes the dramatic increase in the amount of business methods and e-commerce applications shifting the industry's outlook on the program from “wait and see” to a more proactive one. He then highlights the fact that the general public is able and willing to produce meaningful prior art, specifically non-patent literature, while further pointing out that reviewers and examiners have responded favorably to public participation in the patent review process.
The impact of Peer-to-Patent’s potential for Open Government is far reaching. However, the USPTO must review the program after the last applications have completed their review. These next three months will be very important to this public participation model and the impact of reviewer involvement is crucial. Participate in advancing innovation today!