In June 2013, the White House issued a series of Executive Actions concerning high-tech patent issues. To improve transparency in patent ownership, the USPTO has formulated a rule that will require patent applicants and owners to regularly update ownership information.
- The USPTO is extending the period for public comment on the proposed rule until April 24, 2014.
- Transcript of Public Meetings on Notice of Public Rulemaking [PDF] (meeting information below)
- Video of March 26 Public Meeting (meeting information below)
- March 13 and 26, 2014 Meeting Notifications and Supplemental Materials (event completed)
- Public Meetings on Notice of Public Rulemaking “Changes to Require Identification of Attributable Owner”: < View for details and agendas
- March 13, 2014, from 1 p.m. (ET) until 4 p.m. (ET)
USPTO Madison Auditorium North, Concourse Level
600 Dulany Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
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- March 26, 2014, from 9 a.m. (PT) until 12:55 p.m. (PT)
U.C. Hastings College of the Law
Louis B. Mayer Lounge
198 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
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- Notice of Public Hearings and Extension of Comment Period on the Proposed Changes To Require Identification of Attributable Owner (February 2014) [PDF]
The USPTO has extended the period for public comment on the proposed rule until April 24, 2014 and has announced two public hearings.
- Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on “Changes to Require Identification of Attributable Owner" (January 2014) [PDF]
The USPTO has formulated a notice of proposed rulemaking to require patent applicants and owners to regularly update ownership information during proceedings before the USPTO.
- Roundtable on Proposed Requirements for Recordation of Real-Party-in-Interest Information (January 2013)
The USPTO held a roundtable 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.
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Comments on the proposed rule should be sent by e-mail to: AC90.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments also may be submitted by
- postal mail addressed to
Attn: James Engel
Senior Legal Advisor
Office of Patent Legal Administration, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Examination Policy.
Mail Stop Comments-Patents
Commissioner for Patents
P.O. Box 1450
Alexandria, VA 22313-1450
- or the Federal eRulemaking Portal.