New York Law School’s Peer to Patent utilizes crowdsourcing to facilitate the patent application process by harnessing the power of the masses to research prior art to ensure originality in applicants’ works.
This system operates more similarly to the Next Stop Design project in that some level of expertise is required. While some architecture or engineering knowledge is greatly helpful in Next Stop Design, Peer to Patent relies on some level of legal expertise in the review of patents.
However, it is similar to Free the Files in that there is a portion of the review which nearly any person is capable of contributing to—the actual digging for past works.
The final examination is completed by an expert examiner who isn’t so much part of the “crowd” part of crowdsourcing in comparison with the base researchers. This portion differs from both projects we analyzed in that yes, an expert reviews the information, as in the selection process in Next Stop Design, but the process more closely resembles Free the Files in its review of documents.
Reviewers are motivated by the potential to be recognized by the examiner for outstanding work, which can aid in their career while being extrinsically motivating.
This project allows greater participation, and thereby democracy, in the patent reviews process. If a citizen wishes to have a voice in the legal system, this is one direct avenue to accomplish that goal. This help also quickens the trudging, burdensome patent review process, which is intrinsically motivating. For more information on Peer to Patent, click here.