In a Federal Register notice published on December 9, 2009, the USPTO is seeking feedback on its patent quality initiatives and seeking suggestions on new activities that may improve patent quality. Specifically, the USPTO wishes to focus on improving the process for obtaining the best prior art, preparation of the initial application, and examination and prosecution of the application. The USPTO is focused on both methods for improving patent quality and metrics on how to measure that improvement within the context of the existing statutory and regulatory scheme. One of the existing pilot programs on which the USPTO is seeking feedback in this context is Peer-to-Patent. If you have participated in Peer-to-Patent as an applicant, patent attorney/agent, or peer reviewer, this is the ideal time in which to share your views of the program. Please be constructive and specific in your praise or criticism of the program (simply saying "It's great" or "It doesn't work" with no further commentary is not terribly useful). Comments should be provided electronically and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments should include the following information: (1) The name and affiliation of the individual responding; and (2) an indication of whether comments offered represent views of the respondent’s organization or are the respondent’s personal views. Please note that your comments will be a part of the public record, so you should not include any personal contact information in the comments that you do not wish shared with the public.
Designed to improve patent examination and the quality of
patents, Peer-to-Patent Australia uses Web 2.0 technology to allow experts within the
community to review participating patent applications and bring
relevant prior art to the attention of IP Australia’s patent
According to Professor
Brian Fitzgerald, from QUT’s Faculty of Law, the project aims
to assist patent examiners by identifying prior art they might not
otherwise have discovered or had access to. “Peer-to-Patent
Australia will initially run as a six month trial which will focus on
the rapidly advancing technology areas of business methods and
computer software,” Professor Fitzgerald said.
Noonan, director-general of IP Australia in supporting Peer-to-Patent Australia, stated, “This
initiative is designed to improve the robustness of the patents we
grant by creating a community of reviewers who can pool their
knowledge and locate potential prior art, particularly in
technologies which are advancing rapidly.
Fitzgerald invites all interested parties to get involved as
peer reviewers. “The
success of the project requires the participation of people from industry, government, academia and the broader
community – many of whom will be exposed to new technologies on a