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USPTO likely to adopt 'peer-to-patent'
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| The goal of the Peer-to-Patent Project,
| which ended its second pilot period in
| December, is to allow the public to cite
| prior art to invalidate potential software
| patents, and in doing so, bring an end to
| the patent approval gridlock.
| David Kappos, co-creator of the project and
| current under secretary of commerce for
| intellectual property and director of the
| UPSTO, said his agency will evaluate all
| aspects of the project to determine what can
| be improved upon. Kappos said the agency has
| not made any decisions, but that he is
| âdisposedâ to look for ways to continue
| working on the project.
USPTO Won't Accept Upside Down Faxes; Demands Resends
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| I know, the headline seems like a joke.
| After all, what do you do if someone
| inadvertently fed a page upside down into
| the fax machine? You simply turn the page
| over or, if you get an electronic version,
| use the reader software to rotate it.
| Apparently this is not within the standard
| operating procedures of the U.S. Patent and
| Trademark Office. No, if your fax comes in
| upside down, they send you a message in
| return saying that they canât accept it and
| to re-fax. Hereâs a copy of the letter that
| a source, who regularly deals with the
| USPTO, passed along to me...
Obama: Patent office's system is 'embarrassing'
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