In August, when the Patent and Trademark Office said that it had removed Wikipedia from its list of acceptable research sources, the surprise was not that the Web site had been banished, but that examiners had been using it at all. To its fans, Wikipedia is remarkable: a gigantic, up-to-the-minute encyclopedia to which any user can contribute. To its detractors, it's a mish-mash of misinformation. Meanwhile, the PTO has not banned other Web sites where content is easily modified -- and not always accurate.
The Patent Office: Getting Wiki With It
IP Law & Business
January 16, 2007