Peer To Patent Pilot Launches in the UK

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New York Law School’s Center for Patent Innovations announces a new Peer To Patent pilot, launched by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) of the United Kingdom, which will run from June 1 to December 31 2011.

New York Law School’s Center for Patent Innovations (CPI) today announced a new Peer To Patent pilot, launched by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) of the United Kingdom, which will run from June 1 to December 31 2011.

Peer To Patent is designed to improve the patent examination process and the quality of patents by using Web 2.0 technology to allow experts within the community to review participating patent applications and bring relevant prior art to the attention of the IPO’s patent examiners. During the six-month pilot up to 200 applications in the computing field will be peer reviewed. The first group of applications is now open for review by registered users for three months on the Peer To Patent Web site http://www.peertopatent.org.uk.

“Patent applications granted after using the Peer To Patent Web site review will be potentially stronger, giving businesses better protection to grow their innovative ideas,” UK Minister for Intellectual Property Baroness Wilcox said. “This will give the IPO access to a wider body of knowledge when deciding whether a patent should be granted.”

The UK Peer To Patent pilot is based on the successful Peer to Patent pilot conducted by New York Law School, from June 2007 to June 2009, conducted in cooperation with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), which opened the patent examination process for the first time to a network of scientific and technical experts. The USPTO is currently operating its second pilot of Peer To Patent with the Law School that began October 25 and will conclude on September 30, 2011.

“New York Law School is pleased to be a part of the IPO’s Peer To Patent pilot. For a system with a rich history of encouraging third party prior art contributions, we will watch with interest to see if Peer To Patent can further promote the efforts of the IPO,” Mark Webbink, Executive Director of CPI, said. “While governments continue to emphasize the importance of patents as representing the value quotient of innovation, it is critical that any patent application be thoroughly vetted to assure claims are worthy of protection before they are allowed.”

For more details on Peer to Patent UK, please visit http://www.peertopatent.org.uk or http://www.ipo.gov.uk/peertopatent. The Peer To Patent UK pilot can be followed on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/peertopatent_uk and the Peer To Patent UK blog can be found at: http://www.ipo.gov.uk/peertopatentblog.

About the Intellectual Property Office
The Intellectual Property Office is within the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills, and is responsible for the national framework of Intellectual Property rights, comprising patents, designs, trade marks and copyright. Its role is to help manage an IP system that encourages innovation and creativity, balances the needs of consumers and users, promotes strong and competitive markets and is the foundation of the knowledge based economy. It operates in a national and an international environment and its work is governed by national and international law, including various international treaties relating to IP to which the United Kingdom is a party.

About the Center for Patent Innovations
New York Law School formed the Center for Patent Innovations in June 2008 as a part of the Institute for Information Law & Policy. The Center is focused on bringing real-world technology solutions to improve government operations, particularly in the area of patent law. The Center for Patent Innovations will continue to pursue innovations in patent law and has launched a number of projects related to Peer to Patent, such as the Post-Issue Peer to Patent http://www.post-issue.org, which extends the community-based approach of finding prior art relevant to re-examination of patents that have already been granted. For more information about the Center for Patent Innovations, please click here.

About New York Law School
Founded in 1891, New York Law School is an independent law school located in lower Manhattan near the city’s centers of law, government, and finance. New York Law School’s renowned faculty of prolific scholars has built the School’s strength in such areas as constitutional law, civil and human rights, labor and employment law, media and information law, urban legal studies, international and comparative law, and a number of interdisciplinary fields. The School is noted for its nine academic centers: Center on Business Law & Policy, Center on Financial Services Law, Center for International Law, Center for New York City Law, Center for Professional Values and Practice, Center for Real Estate Studies, Diane Abbey Law Center for Children and Families, Institute for Information Law & Policy, and Justice Action Center. New York Law School has more than 13,000 graduates and currently enrolls some 1,500 full-time students and 430 part-time students in its J.D. program and its four advanced degree programs in financial services law, real estate, tax, and mental disability law studies. http://www.nyls.edu

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