Food and discussion begins at 12:30 pm. Everyone invited.
Beth Noveck, Director of the Institute for Information Law and Policy at New York Law School, will join us for a discussion of her recent research exploring how digital technologies could enable new, mass forms of civic engagement. Participants are strongly urged to look at her Winter 2008 article on “Wiki-government”.
Beth has helped launch a pilot project to test these ideas: An open, online system for interested parties to identify prior art relevant to pending patent applications. This project aims to reduce the number of poorly-grounded patents issued (particularly in the high-tech area). The project is known as “peer to patent”, and is detailed in an article Beth wrote for the Harvard Journal of Law &Technology. You can also visit the Peer-to-Patent site itself.
This will be a moderated and empirically grounded discussion. We intend to focus on the specifics of Prof. Noveck’s exciting work.