Prior Art Archive Launch

Harry G. Traver [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

October 3, 2018
9:00am — 1:30pm ET

The Prior Art Archive is a new, open access system that allows anyone to upload their prior work and make it easily searchable by patent examiners. Currently, patent examiners face barriers to finding and reviewing large swaths of existing prior art. This MIT-hosted and publicly accessible archive was created in collaboration with the USPTO and Cisco to address some of those barriers. We aim to make it easy for anyone to get their prior art in front of examiners and, as a result, significantly improve the quality of issued patents.

Please join MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito and USPTO Director Andrei Iancu for a half-day launch celebration at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

This event will be live streamed. In person attendance is by invitation only. 


9:00am | Breakfast

9:30am | Welcome and Introduction
Kate Darling, MIT

9:35am | How this project started
Dan Lang, Cisco

9:50am | Why MIT/Media Lab?
Joi Ito, MIT

10:00am | The mission of the USPTO and efforts to improve patent quality
Director Andrei Iancu, USPTO

10:15am | Presentation: The Prior Art Archive
Bhaskar Ranade, Cisco
Travis Rich, MIT

10:45am | Panel: How can we keep improving patent quality and why does it matter?
Laura Sheridan, Google
Colleen Chien, Santa Clara University
Mike Meurer, Boston University
Moderated by Dan Lang, Cisco

11:55am | Thank you and closing
Kate Darling, MIT

12:00pm | Lunch

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