Tech companies want to know who owns patents

03/13/2014 | Bloomberg

Some technology companies want the government to make it easier for defendants to figure out who owns the patents that are asserted in intellectual property cases. Big companies and patent owners sometimes hide behind smaller firms to fight for patent rights, experts say. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is holding hearings on a proposal that would require the "attributable ownership" of a patent to be publicly available.

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