This is a long-needed change! It is now legal for third parties to submit information to the patent office to help them to evaluate patent applications at the click of a mouse. This means you can submit prior art references, or argue that the patent is actually a no-brainer (in hope that the applicant does not receive the patent). I only hope the patent office is smart enough to read the comments, and stop idiotic patents from being issued in the first place.
Open Season on Patents Starts Thursday, Thanks to Crowdsourced Platform | Threat Level | Wired.com
Thanks to a change in U.S. patent law, citizens can now help challenge patents before they are issued — and a collaboration between the Patent Office, Stack Exchange and Google hope to turn the power…