USPTO Wants Input On 'Economic Security' Risks In Patents

Law360, New York (April 23, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office sought public comment Friday on whether patent applications deemed critical to America's "economic security" should be kept secret to prevent foreign competitors from getting an unfair advantage.

A U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations subcommittee asked the USPTO last July, in a report accompanying legislation to fund the agency, to study the economic security implications of the patent system. The USPTO said in Friday's Federal Register notice that it had taken no position on the issue.

In the report calling for...
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