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____/ Ben McEniery on Monday 08 Mar 2010 06:58 : \____
> On Jan 15, 12:51 pm, Igzist <jimm...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On Jan 11, 4:15 pm, Ben McEniery <benmceni...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> > If you are concerned about patents being improperly granted, please
>> > visitPeer-to-PatentAustralia atwww.peertopatent.org.au.
>> >Peer-to-PatentAustralia is designed to improve thepatentexamination
>> > process and the quality of issued patents by allowing experts within
>> > the community to review participatingpatentapplications and bring
>> > relevant prior art to the attention ofpatentexaminers. Apatent
>> > examiner's job is determine whether an invention is, among other
>> > things, novel and inventive, and thus deserving of apatent. The
>> > project follows on from thePeer-to-Patentprojects run recently in
>> > the United States and Japan.
>> > If you are not an Australian, please be aware that this project still
>> > has relevance to you as nearly all of the patents reviewed
>> > atPeer-to-PatentAustralia will have been lodged in many countries around
>> > the world, particularly the United States, so any prior art you submit can
>> > be relied upon by otherpatentoffices either at examination or re-
>> > examination.
>> > The project will initially run as a six-month pilot that will focus on
>> > the rapidly advancing technology areas of business methods and
>> > computer software. Up to 40 business method, computer software and
>> > relatedpatentapplications that have been filed inAustraliaand
>> > which are open for public inspection will each be posted on
>> > thePeer-to-PatentAustralia website for a 90-day period. During that time,
>> > members of the community can review those applications, submit prior art
>> > references and comment on the relevance of any prior art that has been put
>> > forward.
>> > At the end of the review period,Peer-to-PatentAustralia will forward
>> > the top 10 prior art submissions for each application, as selected by
>> > the community of reviewers, to IPAustraliafor consideration in the
>> > examination process. The review process in no way abrogates the
>> > responsibility of thepatentexaminer to assess apatentapplication.
>> > Prior art submitted byPeer-to-PatentAustralia is solely designed to
>> > assist apatentexaminer, who remains the arbiter of whether apatent
>> > is to be granted.
>> > There are currently 15patentapplications from seven companies open
>> > for review. The participating companies include IBM, Aristocrat
>> > TechnologiesAustraliaPty Limited, General Electric Company, Hewlett-
>> > Packard, Residex Pty Ltd, Yahoo and CSIRO.
>> > Since the focus of the pilot is on business methods and related
>> > applications, there is an interesting array of new ideas and
>> > technologies in the applications that are open for review. Those
>> > applications include methods, systems and apparatus for:
>> > - converting a decimal number to a binary representation based on
>> > processor size;
>> > - detecting behavioural patterns related to the financial health of a
>> > business entity;
>> > - an arrangement where a customer enters into an agreement with a
>> > lender to share equity in real estate property;
>> > - efficient cooling of server farms;
>> > - refining mobile device search results using location modifiers;
>> > - integrating browsing histories with media playlists on a media
>> > playback device;
>> > - interactive specification of context-sensitive service level
>> > agreements;
>> > - controlling a network of trains; and
>> > - gaming machine systems and methods.
>> > Those wishing to review participatingpatentapplications can register
>> > at:www.peertopatent.org.au.
>> I think allowing public to have inputs is definitely a move in the
>> right direction to achieve better transparency in thepatentprocess,
>> and will hopefully results in stronger or more robust patents being
>> A quick glance at the site reveals a few cs-related
>> questionablepatentapplications such as - "converting a decimal number to a
>> binary representation based on processor size" This is a common issue for any
>> high-precision arithmetic library, for example GNU's GMP and etc. Why is it
>> qualified for apatent?
>> - "refining mobile device search results using location modifiers"
>> Google location search does this, but I am sure someone has done it
>> before. Any search engineers able to tell us more about this?
>> I think the project deserves a bigger attention and help from the
>> public to make sure people with expertise in the relevant areas are
>> aware of such questionablepatentapplications, and can help in
>> contributing prior arts and comments.
> That's right. What we need is for people to take a look at the site,
> read the patents that are there, see if what is being claimed in those
> patents is something that has been done before, and if so, put down
> some prior art to prove it.
Isn't that what USPTO staff is for?
~~ Best of wishes
Roy S. Schestowitz | Open syntax, Open API's, Open Source
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