S.2774 – Pride in Patent Ownership Act
The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled this bill https://www.congress.gov/bill/117th-congress/senate-bill/2774 for discussion Thursday December 15, 2022.
Introduced in Senate (09/21/2021)
Pride in Patent Ownership Act
This bill requires disclosure of certain patent-related information, including information about ownership and funding.
Under the bill, if a foreign or domestic governmental entity provides funding for fees related to a patent application or for paying an attorney (or patent agent) to prosecute the patent application, the application must disclose the amount and source of such funding.
Similarly, if any governmental entity provides funding for paying a patent’s maintenance fees or for paying an attorney (or patent agent) to submit such maintenance fees, the patent owner must submit a statement disclosing the amount and source of such funding.
The bill also requires patent owners to record information about the ownership of a patent with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Patent owners must also update this information when certain rights or interests in the patent have been conveyed to another individual or entity. A patent owner may not receive increased monetary damages for infringement of that patent that occurred while the owner was out of compliance with this ownership information recordation requirement.
Bill Summaries can be accessed here: