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Archived updates for Monday, September 04, 2006

Don't Look at These Websites

According to their website, WikiPatents is a public community that reviews US patents and pending patent applications. The public can add prior art references for a given patent, vote on the relevancy of both original and user-added references, and make comments about how the prior art is related to a patent. Users may also vote on various market and technical merits of patents and patent applications. Of course,

"Under 37 C.F.R. 1.56, those materially involved in the preparation and prosecution of a patent application have a duty of candor with the USPTO. This rule requires those individuals to submit relevant references and other information to a patent Examiner during review of the associated patent application. If you are aware of such references or other information on because it has been posted to the pending patent application or to any related patent or pending application, then you should consult a patent attorney to seriously consider that information in view of 37 C.F.R. 1.56. "

You can also license or sell your patent and read their Patent Infringement News.

In other wiki news, Pete Lattman's Wall Street Journal Law Bog reported on August 26, 2006 that [Patent] Examiners at the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office will no longer be able to use Wikipedia to help determine a patent application’s validity. "On Aug. 15, reports Business Week’s Lorraine Woellert, the PTO told its examiners that they could no longer use the controversial online encyclopedia as an accepted source of information." Here's why?

However, the Trademark Examining Attorneys will continue to cite the free on-line encylopedia.

Wikipedia is hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization that also hosts a range of other projects:
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