This past Monday, the USPTO issued a Notice in the Federal Register entitled Notice of Roundtable on Proposed Requirements for Recordation of Real-Party-in-Interest Information Throughout Application Pendency and Patent Term (here).
In a nutshell, the agency is currently struggling to promulgate regulations to unravel the complex business relationships behind many patent assignments (i.e., real-party-in-interest). For example, some large patent aggregators may create subsidiaries or exclusive licensee arrangements that are not captured in current assignment records of the USPTO. Yet, the new prior art defintions of the AIA demand transparency in this regard. Read the rest of this entry »