USPTO to look to the internet for advice

According to an article from the Washington Post, the US Patent an Trademark Office (USPTO) is preparing to allow internet users to review patent applications and leave their comments.

The idea looks interesting. We'll have to see what comes of it, but the pilot program will begin soon and is limited to a small(ish) number of applications in Software Design from a variety of heavy hitters including IBM, Microsoft, HP, Intel, and Oracle.