Antitrust Group Backs USPTO Plan To Record Patent Owners

Law360, New York (January 29, 2013, 7:50 PM EST) -- The American Antitrust Institute on Friday urged the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to require public filings whenever a patent changes hands, arguing that the current ownership system allows nonpracticing entities and companies with standard essential patents to avoid disclosure and thwart competition.

AAI said transparency is key to ensuring the patent system promotes innovation and competition. In a letter responding to a call for comment from the patent office, AAI called for the USPTO to require notices for any change in patent ownership other than...
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