In an article about the Peer-to-Patent programme“too many lawyers and not enough inventors” was one of the criticisms of the current US patent system (dailyherald.com story link above). Unfortunately, and jokes aside, that’s not the only criticism. An overwhelmed system, backlogs of applications as well as changes in pace of technology are some of the reasons contributing to an increase in poor quality patents. And poor quality patents means more time spent in infringement litigation, which nobody wants (apart from the lawyers perhaps!). The article outlines some of the opinions for and against the Peer-to-Patent programme, and some of the history and reasoning that lead to its launch. It could spell an important change in the way patents are issued, and more importantly to the CGIAR, how prior art is identified.
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