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While We Were Eating Turkey and Drinking Wassail II: The USPTO Proposed Rule Changes for Assignments, Part III

by Orlando Lopez

In one of the four notices that the USPTO issued in the Federal Register from November 22 through December 16, 2011, requests for comments were issued for proposed changes to the rules on patent assignments.  In this post, we continue providing comments in response to those requests.

(5)    In this blog post, we consider the last three request for comments, relating to possible regulation changes, namely: to accomplish adequate and timely recording, are changes to agency regulations necessary?  What are the most effective and appropriate means for the USPTO to provide the public with a timely and accurate record of the assignment of patent rights and the assignee?

(6)    Would it help the USPTO’s goal of collecting more updated assignment information if 37 CFR1.27(g)(2) was amended to require identification of any new ownership rights that caused the application or issued patent to lose entitlement to small entity status?

(7)    Given the passage of the America Invents Act, is it proper for the USPTO to provide financial incentives for disclosure of assignment information by way of discounts in fee paymentsRead the rest of this entry »