Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Patent Peer Processing

Finally, some good news about technology patents. We have known of the problems with the system for a long time, and now that things are starting to turn around, the burden is on the people to take the power being given them and make a difference and show that this works.

I am calling on everyone who has the slightest time and knowledge to contribute to this new system, because the results affect you just as much as the rest of us. That includes all non-US citizens, because we do live in an global village, and anything anywhere can affect everyone everywhere.

We need to make sure the new system is setup in a way that we can consume and digest the information in the same way we filter, rank, pass, and project information around the blogosphere today. That means ensuring that feeds are setup from the PTO, establishing aggregators, tagging conventions, and working toward trusted patent review bloggers. We can use the same tools we have been employeeing to digest insane am0unts of our own information and apply all of that to locating the best, worst, and silliest of claims by the patenters.

It might be great that any individual can read, review, research, and respond to the patents for the PTO to utilize in their decisions, but there is only so much an individual can do, even when there are many such individuals. When we turn all of us individuals into a group, a community, a patent chomping machine, and we can do something that is actually bettering for the entire world.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

So, because the USPTO isn't competent enough to do this itself, or maybe they don't get enough funding to do it properly, they now try to force everybody else to do their work for free?

If they want experts they should pay them, and if that's not financially possible, then that means those patents aren't worth enough to exist in the first place.

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