Until now, there has been no web site encouraging large-scale, organized public
comment to clarify the true merits and value of U.S. patents. While the business
idea driving your website may not be able to be patented, many are, which is why
community patent review is so appealing to those of us whose success or failure
is directly tied to the approval of patented technology.
WikiPatents.com, which officially launched today, addresses these problems and
their goal is to strengthen the patent system by clarifying whether a patent
really protects a new idea and how much that idea is worth. The United States
Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) is very effective at reviewing patents given
its limited time and resources. WikiPatents provides patent examiners at the
Patent Office and the patent community another powerful resource that will add
reliability, clarity, and efficiency to the patent process.
WikiPatents is a free-access web site and database containing millions of
patents that allows the interested public to discuss, rate, and vote on
published patents and, soon, pending patent applications. Most notably, users
can add prior art references (publications that closely relate to and predate
the patented technology), as well as comment and vote on the relevancy of prior
art. Users can also comment and vote on patent value, licensing, technical, and
other issues for each patent.
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