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July 21, 2008 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Peer-to-Patent Project Extended and Expanded

New York Law School (, in cooperation with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), announced the extension of the Peer-to-Patent project designed to streamline the patent examination process by opening it to scientific and technical experts. The project will be extended until June 15, 2009, and expanded to include applications in the automated business data processing technologies or business methods. View the USPTO announcement at

Peer-to-Patent, founded by professor Beth Noveck, is the first social networking project with a direct link to decision making by the federal government. Data from the first year of the pilot shows that an open network of peer reviewers can improve the quality of information available to patent examiners. The project’s full anniversary report is available at

Due to the success of Peer-to-Patent, the law school has launched the Center for Patent Innovations (CPI), a group that will focus on developing community-building technology to improve the patent system. CPI will incorporate the Peer-to-Patent project and expand it by developing software-based service solutions that can be used by governments and communities of interest, designing methods for government and corporate partners to work together to produce better patents, and drafting legal frameworks to enable and enhance collaborative opportunities. Noveck will serve as chairman of the board of advisors. The CPI launch is made possible by a generous $800,000 grant from the Omidyar Network.

Founded in 1891, New York Law School is an independent law school located in lower Manhattan near the city’s centers of law, government, and finance.

Source: New York Law School

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