Google, Stack Exchange, and the Patent Office have teamed up to help give the public a little more say when it comes to the patent process. 3rd parties are now allowed to challenge frivolous patents filed by companies (we’re looking at you, Apple & Samsung) to keep from monopolizing the market when it comes smartphones and tablets.
To take part, visit patents.stackexchange.com to discuss all things on this matter and even file evidence with the USTPO with little to no effort. While you won’t get any monetary compensation for busting patents, rumor has it that badges will be offered once one is successfully taken down. Additionally, Google is linking to Stack Exchange conversations on disputed patents from their patent search site. The hunt is on!