What began with a Modest Proposal Beth NoveckFormer Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Open Government Professor
With the help from our sponsorsPilot 1 Sponsors Pilot 2 Sponsors
Launched a way for the public to collaborate and communicate with the USPTO
Peer To Patent Process Map
Peer To Patent Reviewing Process
Initial hypotheses were supported by the Pilot 1 results (June 15, 2007- June 15, 2009)•Public participation improves the patent examinationprocess.•Citizen experts will participate and produce relevantinformation.•Public participation improves patent quality.
Based on this success, the USPTO elected to conduct a second Peer To Patent pilot and prove that an open network will autonomously expand.
Pilot 2 launched Oct. 1, 2010 ending Sept. 30, 2011The last of the applications finished review Dec. 31, 2011
The USPTO added new challenges toPilot 2 to test the program’s scope.
New Pilot. New Challenges.• Increase in the number of applications allowed by USPTO • Pilot 1: Max 400 • Pilot 2: Max 1000
New Pilot. New Challenges. New technology classifications became eligible for participation: • Pilot One June 2007- April 2008: Computer Architecture, Software and Information Security • Pilot One July 2008- July 2009: Business Methods and E-Commerce • Pilot Two: Biotechnology, Biopharmaceuticals, Telecommunications, Speech Recognition
New Pilot. New Challenges.Increase student involvement•USPTO challenged Peer ToPatent to involve studentsfrom around the country
New Pilot. New Challenges. New Constraints: • Decreased review time from 4 months to 3 months • Reduced number of reviewer submissions from 10 to 6.
New Pilot. New Challenges• New Website design to allow for smoother integration for international projects.
Amount of Participating applications Pilot 1 226 Pilot 2 308
Technology Classifications June 2007- July 2008- Sept 2010- April 2008 July 2009 Oct 2011 Computer Business Methods Biotechnology, Architecture, and E-Commerce Biopharmaceuticals, Software and Telecommunication,Information Security Speech Recognition Applications from 29 Applications from 19 different classes different classes
Technology Classifications of Participating Applications
Pilot 2 Participating Applicants Unique Applicants- 156 Top Participating Applicants
Pilot 1 Participating Applicants ComparisonUnique Applicants- 100 Top Applicants
Citizen ExpertsPilot 2 Reviewing Community•Total Registered Reviewers- 1509•Total Active Reviewers- 603•Total Continuing Reviewers- 211•Total Student Reviewers- 142•Active Reviewers designated by actual participation onwww.peertopatent.org•Continuing reviewers participated in both Pilot 1 and Pilot 2
Citizen-Experts Pilot 1 Comparison
Pilot 2 Traffic Unique Visitors 29,393 Total Visits 47,763 Page Views 217,402 Pages/Visit 4.55Avg. Visit Duration 4:28
Pilot 2 Top Visiting Countries US 30462 UK 3066 India 1778 Canada 1314 Germany 1038
Pilot 2 Visitor Traffic
Pilot 2 Traffic SourcesTop Search Traffic Sources
Pilot 2 Referral Traffic Peak denotes traffic from reddit.com post Nov 9, 2010 Top Referral Sources reddit.com 3880 peertopatent.org 513patentlyo.com 1112 USPTO 365en.wikipedia.org 11008 ipo.gov.uk 353 P2P tumblr 850 Article One Partners 275 facebook 530
Reviewer Activity Pilot 2 2010- Pilot 1 2007- 2011 2009