On July 16th, the Japan Patent Office launched their version of Peer-to-Patent, entitled Community Patent Review, opening the patent process up for public participation. Although the pilot launched less than 2 weeks ago, the site has already accepted 38 applications from 12 applicants for review. Thus far, most of the participating applicants are major Japanese electronic companies, many being among the top filers of patent applications in the US.
There are a total of 13 applications currently on the site. Nearly 150 visitors to the site have registered to be reviewers. These participants have already submitted 10 prior art references.