A post by Julie Samuels of the Electronic Frontier Foundation details the EFF’s new initiative to identify patent applications on 3D Printing technology and submit prior art applications using the new Third Party Submission provisions created under the America Invents Act. The idea behind the project is to crowd source prior art searching for the identified 3D printing patent applications. This is an interesting project being undertaken by the EFF. Similar projects, such as the USPTO NYU Law School Peer-to-patent program and then new Ask Patents program from Stack Exchange, have had some success. This appears to be the first highly focused program to identify prior art for a particular subset of patent applications, and could be a game changer for patent examination.