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