tytoc collie has long expressed his enthusiasm for the Peer-to-Patent experiment, which has been trialled in the United States and Australia and will soon, he learns, will be run in the United Kingdom too. In short, Peer-to-Patent provides a means of involving suitably equipped members of the public in the patent grant process (for further details, see links below).
Something to peer at patents through ...
To enable interested people to gain an understanding of how Peer-to-Patent works, and how the trial will run in the United Kingdom, he is running a special IPKat seminar on Monday 6 June, from 2.30pm to 5pm (registration from 2pm) on Peer-to-Patent. The programme is not yet finalised (the Kat will publish the final version as soon as he can), but he can already confirm that there will be presentations by Nigel Hanley (IPO) on how Peer-to-Patent will work, Matt Fisher (UCL) on how the US and Australian versions of the experiment have fared, and Barbara Cookson, who has had some personal experience of participating in the US version. CIPA President Alasdair Poore (Mills & Reeve) will add his perspectives too. Apart from Matt the Kat, tytoc collie team will be represented by Jeremy, who will be in the chair.
The Central London venue, kindly donated by Olswang LLP, is its lovely top-floor meeting room at 90 High Holborn. The event is free, so all you have to do is email tytoc collie herewith the subject line 'Peerpat' and tell him you intend to come. First come, first served!
Peer to Patent in the US here Peer to Patent in Australia here