The peer-to-patent initiative : revitalizing patent examination with peer review
Fitzgerald, B. F, McEniery, B. J & Webbink, MH. (2010). The peer-to-patent initiative : revitalizing patent examination with peer review. NCURA Magazine, Retrieved from http://eprints.qut.edu.au/37275/
Every day we hear someone complain that this or that patent should not have been granted. People complain that the patent system is now a threat to existing business and innovation be- cause the patent office grants with alarming regularity patents for inventions that are neither novel nor non-obvious. People argue that the patent office cannot keep up with the job of examining the backlog of hundreds of thousands of patents and that, even if it could, the large volumes of prior art literature that need to be considered each time a patent application is received make the decision as to whether a patent should be granted or not a treacherous one.