USPTO Backs Away From Patent Transparency Rules

By Ryan Davis (October 24, 2014, 4:48 PM EDT) -- The head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said Thursday that the agency is giving up plans to establish rules requiring greater transparency about patent ownership, and instead leaving the issue to Congress when it next takes up legislation aimed at so-called patent trolls.

USPTO Deputy Director Michelle Lee, who was recently nominated to lead the agency, said during a question-and-answer session following a speech at the American Intellectual Property Law Association's annual meeting that the office is not planning to act on transparency rules it proposed in January.

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