Roya Ghafele is a Fellow of St. Cross College, University of Oxford and the Director of Oxfirst Limited, a boutique consulting firm specialized in the economics of innovation. In that capacity she is working with a range of high technology companies as well as the financial sector. Prior to founding Oxfirst Limited she was an Academic with the University Oxford and U.C. Berkeley and also gained five years of job experience with the United Nations, the OECD and McKinsey.


How to Improve Patent Quality by Using Crowd Sourcing

Worldwide filings of patent applications and the ensuing invalidation requests have seen staggering growth over the last decade. The result is increasing patent backlog, deteriorating patent quality and an uncertain economic environment. This article briefly describes the crowdsourcing phenomenon and then details how it can aid patent review.