About Peer To Patent ®

Peer To Patent is a historic initiative by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that opens the patent examination process to public participation for the first time. Peer to Patent is an online system that aims to improve the quality of issued patents by enabling the public to supply the USPTO with information relevant to assessing the claims of pending patent applications.This pilot project connects an open network for community input to the legal decision-making process. The community supplies information and research based on its expertise. The patent examiner makes the final determination on the basis of legal standards. This process combines the democracy of open participation with the legitimacy and effectiveness of administrative decision making.

With this most recent pilot, searching for prior art will be made faster, easier, and all the more relevant with welcome access to IP.com’s acclaimed Prior Art Database, an industry-recognized go-to source for patent examiners and serious searchers worldwide.

Our Team
Our Sponsors
Our Steering Committee
Technology Partners
Prior Artist Awards
Center for Patent Innovations

Public Collaboration and Patents

New York Law School’s Center for Patent Innovations is collaborating with other organizations to extend the concept of public collaboration in improving our public policies. Among those with whom we are collaborating are:

Peer To Patent Australia
Community Patent Review JPO
Article One Partners

About the Project

First Pilot: Final Results
First Anniversary Report
Second Anniversary Report
Peer To Patent Australia First Anniversary Report
History of Peer To Patent
Site Statistics & Reviewer Demographics
Instructions for Using Peer To Patent
Facilitator Guidelines
Applicant Guidelines



Privacy Policy and Information Collection Statement
Code of Conduct
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