Student reviewers led the charge in searching for and providing the patent examiner with relevant prior art. Their efforts further established that citizen-experts can include those who are professionals in the industry or anyone with an interest in the technology. Similar to the first pilot, these results showed that the citizen experts are effective in directing the patent examiner to prior art that would normally go undiscovered. Scalability was ultimately tested in Pilot 2. The results confirmed that citizen-experts are willing to autonomously expand to review new technologies.
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