5 Ramifications Of USPTO Patent Owner ID Requirements

Law360, New York (March 3, 2014, 5:54 PM EST) -- Initiatives to increase transparency of patent ownership are gaining momentum. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office proposed rules that would require public disclosures identifying all attributable owners of patent applications and issued patents.[1] Attributable owners include titleholders (entities that have been assigned title to the patent or application), other entities that would be necessary to be joined in a lawsuit to have standing to enforce the patent rights, as well as “ultimate parent entities” as defined by 16 CFR § 801.01(a)(3).

The USPTO’s proposed definition of...
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