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USPTO outsources prior-art review

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Effectively acknowledging that they don't have the resources to find prior art, and in keeping to their core competencies, the USPTO will open the initial patent examination process to solicit feedback from the general public. This should include at least prior art, and the "new and nonobvious" test. They will also publish guidelines to improve feedback quality.  IBM, showing again that they understand they will benefit from openness, agreed to process new patents through this program.

Come to think of it, the reason the IBM PC took off was openness.  Perhaps these recent initiatives are merely the latest in a quarter-century of openness?

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Written by catena

9 May 2006 at 0013

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