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Will Another Wiki Work for Patents?

A few days ago, Peter Lattman posted here about the U.S. Patent & Trademark Offices's (PTO) decision prohibiting patent examiners from using Wikipedia as an accepted source of information. If that's the case, then what are the prospects for WikiPatents, a new wiki site that my colleague Bob Ambrogi mentions over at his Lawsites Blog? Bob quotes from the statement announcing the site:

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."

There's more about this story, as well as some history on past attempts to create similar collaborative sites that allow for public input on patents in this article (8/28/06) at CNet news.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on August 31, 2006 at 03:50 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)


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