For inventors, something Wiki this way comes
In order to accelerate and improve the process of reviewing patents, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is experimenting with wikis. As the Washington Post explains, it's all part of a plan to bring a little "crowd wisdom" to the patent application process:
"The Patent and Trademark Office is starting a pilot project that
will not only post patent applications on the Web and invite comments
but also use a rating system designed to push the most respected
comments to the top of the file, for serious consideration by the
A first for the federal government, the system resembles the one
used by Wikipedia, the popular user-created online encyclopedia. "For the first time in history, it allows the patent-office
examiners to open up their cubicles and get access to a whole world of
technical experts," said David Kappos, vice president and assistant
general counsel at IBM."
Anyway, it looks like this idea could catch on with innovators and inventors everywhere: the story about the patent wiki has already been posted on Slashdot. The project began as a collaboration between IBM, the top recipient of U.S.
patents for 14 years in a row, and NYU law school professor Beth
Noveck. As Noveck points out, the wiki initiative will bring
about "the first major change to our patent-examination system since
the 19th century."
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Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.
- Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
- Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
- Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
The controversy around the Torah codes gets a new life.
- Mathematicians claim to see a predictive pattern in the ancient Torah texts.
- The code is revealed by a method found with special computer software.
- Some events described by reading the code took place after the code was written.
A glass of juice has as much sugar, ounce for ounce, as a full-calorie soda. And those vitamins do almost nothing.
Quick: think back to childhood (if you've reached the scary clown you've gone too far). What did your parents or guardians give you to keep you quiet? If you're anything like most parents, it was juice. But here's the thing: juice is bad for you.
Orangutans join humans and bees in a very exclusive club
- Orangutan mothers wait to sound a danger alarm to avoid tipping off predators to their location
- It took a couple of researchers crawling around the Sumatran jungle to discover the phenomenon
- This ability may come from a common ancestor
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