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PTO Wants to Tap Experts to Help Patent Examiners

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Science  19 May 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5776, pp. 982
DOI: 10.1126/science.312.5776.982b

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In hopes of improving the quality of patents and reducing a backlog that this month topped 1 million applications, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is weighing an online pilot project to solicit public input on patent applications. (Read more.)