March 6, 2007

OPEN AND OUT SOURCING:

< a href=http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/04/AR2007030401263_pf.html>Open Call From the Patent Office (Alan Sipress, 3/05, 07, Washington Post)

The government is about to start opening up the process of reviewing patents to the modern font of wisdom: the Internet.

The Patent and Trademark Office is starting a pilot project that will not only post patent applications on the Web and invite comments but also use a community rating system designed to push the most respected comments to the top of the file, for serious consideration by the agency's examiners. A first for the federal government, the system resembles the one used by Wikipedia, the popular user-created online encyclopedia.

"For the first time in history, it allows the patent-office examiners to open up their cubicles and get access to a whole world of technical experts," said David J. Kappos, vice president and assistant general counsel at IBM.


Had the Yellowcake claims been handled in similarly open manner, rather than sending a CIA bureaucrat's pliant husband to investigate it secretly, Scooter Libby might be a free man today.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 6, 2007 8:59 PM
Comments

How about getting the PTO to use Google?

Posted by: Gideon at March 7, 2007 3:45 AM
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