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104 Iowa L. Rev. Online 1 (2019-2020)

handle is hein.journals/iowalrb10 and id is 1 raw text is: Rigorous Policy Pilots the USPTO
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Colleen V. Chien*
I.     ISSUES THAT MATTER AT THE USPTO: PATENT QUALITY AND
INCLUSION IN INNOVATION .............................................................. 2
II.    AUTHORITY AND RESOURCES TO PILOT AT THE USPTO ................ 5
III.   PATENT   Q UALITY PILOTS ............................................................... 7
A.   MASTERING PATENT QUALITY METRICS (EVIDENCE ).................. 7
B.   INCREASING THE ROBUSTNESS OF PATENT VETTING ...................9
1. Evidence of a Robustness Gap........................................ 10
2. Testing Timing and Time-Based Theories of Change.. 13
C.   TEAM/TIME ON DEMAND EXAMINATION.............................. 15
1. Looking Back at Second Pair of Eyes Review ................17
2. Looking Forward at Team/Time on Demand ...........17
IV.    PILOTS TO ENHANCE INCLUSION IN INNOVATION ......................... 18
A.   SUPPORTING SMALL INVENTORS................................................. 18
1. The Small Entity Gap in Obtaining Patents ...............19
2. Strengthening Patent Disclosure ............................... 20
3. Strengthening Compliance with § 112 Through Error
Correction Technology...................................................22
B. FINDING OUR LOST MARIE CURIES............................................. 24
1. The Gender Gap in Obtaining Patents...................... 25
2. An Experimental Approach to Testing for Implicit Bias
in  Patent Exam ination  ................................................. 28
V .    C O N CLU SIO N  .................................................................................. 29
Professor of Law, Santa Clara University, Fellow, Stanford Computational Policy Lab,
2013-2015 White House Senior Advisor, Intellectual Property and Innovation. I thank United
Patents, Lex Machina, and Google Patents for making public patent data accessible for this
project, Nick Halkowski for excellent research assistance, and the student editors of the Iowa Law
Review for their hard work and dedication to this project. This is a companion Essay to Rigorous
Policy Pilots: Experimentation in the Administration of the Law, 104 IOWA L. REV. 2313 (2019).
Substantial portions of this Essay served as the basis for testimony before the Senate Judiciary
Committee's Intellectual Property Subcommittee Hearing on Patent Quality on Oct. 30, 2019
(available  at  https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/download/chiei-testimony)  and  during
SUCCESS     Act     Hearings    by    the    USPTO      on    June    4,    2019
(https://www.ssrn.com/abstract=3417299).

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