Another Law Blogger
By MortazaviBlog on Aug 19, 2006
While those who follow copyright issues and other legal topics surrounding new technologies are sure to run to Lawrence Lessig's blog and find a ton of relevant material to consume, another professorial law blog that might be worth following for those interested in patent issues might be that of Beth Noveck, professor of law at New York Law School.
Recently on her blog, she has been proposing wiki based commnity reviews of patent applications.
While this is an ineresting idea, it is not clear to me whether it will reduce the work of the patent office. An immediate question: Will there be even more information to digest, leading to an information overload and to mis-information?
It is highly likely professor Noveck has addressed this and similar questions in her writings under the topic of "patent and innovation."
Here is another question, can professor Noveck patent the idea of community patent review on wikis?
If not, who was the one who first proposed it or something like it? What evidence do we have? And what about the question of durability of paper compared to digital information, raised by others, like John Seely Brown and David Duguid in The Social Life of Information, not to mention myself, earlier here, on some other aspects of the paper "trail"?
And now that we're talking about patents and shameless plugs, here's one for me, which I just found when I typed my name and "patent" into Google. Search for my name in this Nr. 6052 edition of Patents and Design Journal from the U.K. It is good to know more about patent GB2391091.
Lessig points to this style sheet for turning blog entries into letters to the Congress.