In gathering viewpoints about proposed requirements for recordation of real-party-in-interest information, the USPTO received comments from the public in two fora. First, we published a formal request for comments in November 2011. Second, we conducted a roundtable and received public comments at USPTO's Virginia headquarters in January 2013. The objective was to obtain public input from organizations and individuals on how the USPTO could change its rules of practice to collect and provide better ownership information on patents and to make it publicly available.
Details on the comments received are noted below.
- Real Party in Interest Roundtable (January 11, 2013)
- Previous Information Gathering
- Public Comments on Eliciting More Complete Patent Assignment Information
- Request for Comments (76 Fed. Reg. 72372, November 23, 2011)