PTO seeks comments on idea to keep some patent applications secret

04/24/2012 | National Law Journal (free registration), The

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is seeking public comments on whether it should maintain the secrecy of "economically significant" patent applications. Some voiced skepticism about the idea. "One of the hallmarks of the patent system is disclosure. ... The more the government interferes with that, the more problematic it would be for the patent system," said Erik Belt, who is on the board of governors of the Boston Patent Law Association.

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