Story Tools: PRINT | Text Size: S M L XL | REPORT TYPO | SEND YOUR FEEDBACK

U.S. patent office going Web 2.0

by Saleem Khan, CBC News Online

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is taking a step into the deep end of the internet with plans to let visitors to its website comment on patent applications and vote the best remarks up or down along the lines of Wikipedia, Digg or Slashdot.

According to the Washington Post's Alan Sipress, the patent office is opening up its process in a bid to gain access to deep expertise:

The Patent and Trademark Office is starting a pilot project that will not only post patent applications on the Web and invite comments but also use a community rating system designed to push the most respected comments to the top of the file, for serious consideration by the agency's examiners.

The move was prompted after a meeting with IBM – the No. 1 recipient of U.S. patents for 14 years running – and New York Law School professor and blogger Beth Simone Noveck, who said the "revolutionary" effort is "the first major change to our patent examination system since the 19th century."

The first 250 applications to go through the new process will be software patent bids, which examiners have a difficult time evaluating due to a coder culture that eschews publishing in technical journals and similar outlets.

The plan is not without its perils. Its architects are already working out a way to avoid defamatory, erroneous, otherwise questionable entries and false claims of expertise like those that fooled the New Yorker magazine in an article about Wikipedia published in July 2006. (The false expert's online records have since been expunged.)

They have no illusions.

"I'm sure there will be a degree of gaming. There always is," David Kappos, vice president and assistant general counsel at IBM told the Post's Sipress.

They've even consulted with CmdrTaco to try to get it right.

The decision raises a number of questions, including who will have the coveted first post and how long it will be before someone logs the weighty and stentorian comment, "Pwned!"

« Previous Post | Main | Next Post »

This discussion is now Open. Submit your Comment.

« Previous Post | Main | Next Post »

Post a Comment

Disclaimer:

Note: By submitting your comments you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that due to the volume of e-mails we receive, not all comments will be published, and those that are published will not be edited. But all will be carefully read, considered and appreciated.

Note: Due to volume there will be a delay before your comment is processed. Your comment will go through even if you leave this page immediately afterwards.

Privacy Policy | Submissions Policy

Story Tools: PRINT | Text Size: S M L XL | REPORT TYPO | SEND YOUR FEEDBACK

World »

CBC IN LONDON Brexit win sends shocked Remain voters to the pubs
In the classic British horror-comedy Shaun of the Dead, the hero, Shaun, when faced with a zombie apocalypse, hatches a brilliant plan. Go to his local pub, the Winchester, have a nice cold pint and wait for all of this to blow over. Remain voters in London took that advice to heart today.
CBC IN BRUSSELS Leave victory should send chill down EU's collective spine
You could almost feel the hulking edifices that house the European Union’s main institutions in Brussels shrinking in on themselves as the news arrived with a grey dawn that one of their own, even if only reluctantly so, would be leaving after all — divorce papers to be delivered soon.
Millennial frustration with the Brexit vote
As the results of Thursday's nail-biting Brexit vote came rolling in, some of the strongest reactions came from young people in the U.K.
more »

Canada »

Live David Stephan gets jail time, Collet Stephan gets house arrest in son's meningitis death video
A southern Alberta father has been sentenced to four months in jail and his wife to three months of house arrest, after being found guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life for their 19-month-old son, who died from bacterial meningitis. Join CBC News LIVE for post-sentencing comments.
Analysis Life after Brexit: What happens to Canada's trade deal with Europe? video
Keep calm and carry on, eh? After a long and rocky road, Canada believed it was on track to ratifying its trade deal with the European Union by early next year. But then: came Brexit. Does that sink the ship?
Norwegian war hero to get care at Halifax veterans' hospital after months of struggle
Up until now, Veterans Affairs has refused Petter Blindheim, 94, a bed at the facility, saying he did not meet the criteria for care.
more »

Politics »

Analysis Life after Brexit: What happens to Canada's trade deal with Europe? video
Keep calm and carry on, eh? After a long and rocky road, Canada believed it was on track to ratifying its trade deal with the European Union by early next year. But then: came Brexit. Does that sink the ship?
StatsCan didn't pre-test troublesome census web page
Thousands of Canadians trying to file their census information online were cut off on May 2 because of website problems. Statistics Canada acknowledges it did not pre-test the image-rich webpage that led to severe congestion.
Trudeau says Canada 'well positioned' to weather Brexit storm amid market jitters video
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sought to reassure Canadians waking up to jittery markets Friday that the country's economy is in a good position to weather the storm in the wake of Britain's vote to leave the European Union.
more »

Health »

Sorry - we can't find that page
 
CBC.ca

Sorry, we can't find the page you requested.

  1. Please check the URL in the address bar, or ...
  2. Use the navigation links at left to explore our site, or ...
  3. Enter a term in the Quick Search box at top, or ...
  4. Visit our site map page

In a few moments, you will be taken to our site map page, which will help you find what you looking for.

more »

Arts & Entertainment»

'Best of three?' British celebs disappointed, resigned in Brexit vote reaction
The people have spoken: as the shocking Brexit vote results came in, British celebrities shared their reaction to the referendum on social media.
Video Ben Affleck stands by expletive-filled Deflategate rant
Ben Affleck stands by his expletive-filled rant against the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell over Deflategate.
Judge blocks auction of Whitney Houston's Emmy
A judge has blocked the sale of Whitney Houston's Emmy Award that the late singer's family had put up for auction.
more »

Technology & Science »

Tape over your laptop camera? Why it might not be as paranoid as it seems
A curious photo circulating online of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's personal laptop has ignited a conversation about data security, and how people can protect themselves against hackers.
NASA sets off largest fire on a spacecraft ever in Saffire experiment
NASA recently set off the largest fire ever in space — but don't worry, it's for astronauts' own safety.
Blog Give yourself a No Device Day this summer: Bob McDonald
The sun is blazing and the breeze is soft. Now that summer is officially here it's time to put away those screens and look up.
more »

Money »

Brexit rocks the markets and CPP to grow: BUSINESS WEEK WRAP
From the U.K.'s market-shaking vote to quit the EU to the revamping of the Canada Pension Plan it was a busy week in business news. The CBC's Jacqueline Hansen is here to get you caught up in her weekly video recap.
Loonie loses more than a penny, TSX sheds 239 points after Britons vote to quit EU video
A sea of red washed over global financial markets on Friday in reaction to Britons' shocking vote to Brexit the European Union, with the British pound down to its lowest point since 1985 and the Canadian dollar lost more than a cent against the U.S. dollar.
Canadian businesses, economists weigh the impact of Brexit vote
Canadian businesses, investors and economists confronted the prospect Friday of one of Canada's biggest trading partners exiting the European Union and what it will mean for their operations and the economy at large.
more »

Consumer Life »

Sorry - we can't find that page
 
CBC.ca

Sorry, we can't find the page you requested.

  1. Please check the URL in the address bar, or ...
  2. Use the navigation links at left to explore our site, or ...
  3. Enter a term in the Quick Search box at top, or ...
  4. Visit our site map page

In a few moments, you will be taken to our site map page, which will help you find what you looking for.

more »

Sports »

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
Coming Up NHL Draft: Toronto Maple Leafs hold No. 1 pick
The 2016 NHL draft begins Friday evening in Buffalo, N.Y. The Toronto Maple Leafs hold the No. 1 pick. The second the third picks are held by the Winnipeg Jets and the Columbus Blue Jackets.
NHL draft: 10 top prospects
With six of the first 10 picks, Canadian teams will be front and centre at this weekend's NHL draft in Buffalo. Here's a look at 10 top prospects.
Profile Auston Matthews could be the next big thing for the Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs hold the No. 1 pick in Friday's 2016 NHL Draft, and most hockey scouts say the American centreman Auston Matthews is simply too good to pass up.
more »

Diversions »

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
more »