Computer Patent Applications to be Open to Scrutiny

Posted: 6th June 2011

The complexity of computer patent applications has made the whole process of discerning what is and what is not innovative about the designs increasingly difficult. In order for a design or process to be patented, it must contain an innovative step.

In order to ease the burden on patent inspectors, the Government has launched an initiative called ‘peer to patent’, in which up to 200 patent applications for patents in the computing field will be uploaded to a website ( for comment.
The comments received will be considered by the patent examiners when considering whether the patent should or should not be granted.
Minister for Intellectual Property, Baroness Wilcox, claims that the pilot ‘will give experts the opportunity to comment on patent applications and share their vital expertise before patents are granted.’
The site went live on 1 June.