United States Peer To Patent Project to Relaunch
New York Law School has announced that its Peer To Patent project will relaunch on 25 October this year. The new pilot was announced in separate press releases from New York Law School and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Building on the success of the first pilot, which ran from June 2007 to June 2009, the new pilot will test the ability of the project to scale, both in terms of volume and subject matter. The maximum number of applications to be processed has increased from 400 to 1000, and the classes of eligible subject matter has increased threefold and will now include biotechnology, biopharmaceuticals, telecommunications, and speech recognition technology. Other changes include shortening of the time for review by two weeks and reducing the number of items of prior art being forwarded to the USPTO from 10 to six.
The new pilot will commence on October 25, 2010 and will continue to accept applications through September 30, 2011.
Interested applicants will need to submit a consent form to include an application in the peer review process. In order to be eligible, applications will need to be unpublished (or not have published for more than four weeks prior to the submission of a consent form) and fall into one of the eligible subject matter classes. The USPTO will endeavour to notify applicants with respect to eligible applications on a regular basis.
The 2007-2009 pilot established the effectiveness of the peer review process with more than 600 items of prior art being submitted on 189 applications. This prior art was used in almost 20% of cases as a basis for rejecting claims, a rate that evidences the contribution of the program but which also underscore the broad effectiveness of existing examiner-conducted searches. More than 2700 individuals have previously registered to participate as peer reviewers from more than 140 countries around the world.
For more information, see www.peertopatent.org.