The UK government has launched the Peer to Patent pilot program that will allow members of the public to review a patent application before a patent is awarded.
The pilot project, which was launched by the Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom and is scheduled to run from June 1 to December 31 2011.
The Peer to Patent website will use Web 2.0 technology to allow civic-minded experts in the community to review patents that have been submitted for approval and submit relevant prior art to the IPO’s patent reviewers.
The initiate plan is to conduct public reviews of up to 200 patent applications during the trial's sixth month duration.
The UK Peer to Patent platform is based on the Peer to Patent pilot started by the New York Law School between June 2007 to June 2009 in association with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
"Patent applications granted after using the Peer To Patent Web site review will be potentially stronger, giving businesses better protection to grow their innovative ideas," said UK Minister for Intellectual Property Baroness Wilcox in a press release posted on PR Web.
"This will give the IPO access to a wider body of knowledge when deciding whether a patent should be granted."