Back in January of 2014, the USPTO published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which might have led to rules requiring each patent applicant to go to quite a lot of trouble regarding a disclosure to the USPTO of any “real party in interest” connected with a patent or patent application. I filed comments explaining why I thought the proposed rules were ill-advised. My comments concluded with this:
I don’t know whether my comments made a difference. I like to think that maybe they did. But anyway the practical consequence is that the USPTO seems to have abandoned this rulemaking effort.
Readers of this blog are invited to print out the comments that I filed. Keep them handy for use when insomnia strikes.