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June 15, 2007



A free-access site launched last September (www.wikipatents.com) has made it possible for the general public to help strengthen the US patent system. It allows users (now over 30,000 strong) to review issued patents and pending patent applications and to make valuable comments concerning the validity and scope of the inventor's claims. Users can also add prior art references that the patent examiners at the USPTO may have overlooked. The goal is to clarify who owns what in the world of intellectual property, which will hopefully prevent the hoard of patent infringement lawsuits we are now seeing while still allowing inventors to advance science and technology for the good of mankind. The site can be accessed at www.wikipatents.com.

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