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March 05, 2007

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Steve Morsa

...well, it certainly can't hurt to give it a try. Only by testing can we know for sure.

Me gut tells me, however, that such an approach will most likely end up being of little long-term value, due in the least to the lack of paid searchers.

Who's going to pay these people? Sure; the first set/s or two will get interest and attention...but then what? With the 300,000+ apps/year, are the big companies really going to pay/hire people to do this?...

...and one can only imagine the free-for-all that'll occur with the public being able to submit their own ideas; who, let's be honest; are nowhere near being qualified to judge whether or not an invention is novel or unobvious...based on what they believe to be prior art.

Shoot--even the patent experts argue over these things all the time.

It's going to be a circus...sort of like blogs not moderating submitted comments to keep the wackos out.

The examiners are probably laughing their heads off over this...well, except probably those who are "lucky" enough (draw straws, anyone?) to be assigned to these apps. They're going to be kicking their desks...

I've got a few better ideas, though. How about the fed govt stop stealing patent fees for the general budget...and lighten the burden of the hard-working examiners...and give them the non-patent prior art databases and tools they need to do the tough job the vast majority are trying to do.

Now those are steps that would make a real difference.

BTW, PatentlyO.com has some nice insight and discussion on this test program as well.

Alvaro

P2patent (peer to patent)
The same idea some months before and with MegaTech support.

http://www.communitypatent.org/project_docs/

John Orava

As an independent research lab that has seen much ruthless behavior regarding IP (intellectual property), I think this idea will cause the US to lose further ground in the IP. Hired shills will provide false information complete with phony witnesses. In the global IP wars, those controlling IP and possessing the muscle to enforce the IP will rule the future economies.

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