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UK tech patents get peer review trial

ZDNet - The UK is testing a scheme that invites public comment on computer-related patent applications, following pilots in the US, Australia, Japan and South Korea.

The Peer to Patent pilot went live on Wednesday. Twenty patent applications are already open to scrutiny on the Peer to Patent website, which is run by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO). Each patent has a 90-day review period, and up to 200 patents will be uploaded before the trial finishes on 31 December, 2011.

Once each patent has been commented upon, a summary will be sent to an IPO patent examiner to consider as part of a wider review process.