29 August 2006

US -Wiki site aims to boost patent review process

(CNET News.com)
In a draft five-year strategic plan, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced their intention to develop a 'peer review mechanism' that would enlist volunteers from the public to weigh in on applications and ease the burden on its own staff. A patent attorney and an accountant based in Salt Lake City has launched WikiPatents.com. Sporting a star-based rating system reminiscent of those used for movie criticism, it's designed in part to help patent examiners, attorneys, litigants, would-be investors, inventors and other interested outsiders decide whether already-issued patents deserve such a designation.