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Peer to patent pilot launch – stronger patents as a result?

21 June 2011

IP Minister Baroness Wilcox launched the UK’s six month Peer to Patent pilot on 1 June. The project is aimed at encouraging experts within the community to assist with the review of patent applications (initially in the field of computing) and to research and upload relevant prior art for consideration. The hope is that this will lead to weaker patents being sifted out earlier and those patents that are granted being stronger.

Though there have been concerns that peer review could be negative with competitors attacking rival applications, earlier trials in the US and Australia appear to have been largely successful and so there is little reason to suspect that results in the UK will be significantly different. The real test may, however, come later when we see whether the project can be extended to other fields of technology.

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