17 December 2006

UK - Patent Office considers Wiki peer review - ZDNet UK

(ZDNet UK)
The UK Patent Office is considering reforms to the patent system based on recommendations made in last week's Gowers Review. Recommendation 23 of Gowers states: "The Patent Office should conduct a pilot of Beth Noveck's Community Patent Review in 2007 in the UK to determine whether this would have a positive impact on the quality of the patent stock." Professor Beth Noveck, director of the Institute for Information Law and Policy at the New York Law School, recommended a system of peer review for patents in a September 2006 paper entitled "Community Patent Review Project Summary" whereby inventors seeking a patent should submit an application first to a community of interested expert reviewers, to ease pressure on patent examiners.