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H.R.3540: Demand Letter Transparency Act of 2013

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about commerce
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Sponsor Jared Polis, D-Colo.
Total Cosponsors 2 (1 Democrat, 1 Republican)
Introduced Nov. 19, 2013
Latest Major Action Jan. 9, 2014
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Bill Summary

Demand Letter Transparency Act of 2013 - Requires any entity that sends a specified number of demand letters during any 365-day period to submit to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), with respect to each patent that was the subject in each letter, a disclosure identifying:

  • the patent, including a confirmation that the entity that sent the letter is the owner of the patent and is the last recorded entity in USPTO records for purposes of assignment, grant, or conveyance;
  • the entity that has the right to license the patent or the name of the exclusive licensee;
  • each entity asserting a claim with regard to the patent;
  • each obligation to license the patent and the financial terms at which such patent has been licensed;
  • the ultimate parent entity of such entity;
  • the number of recipients of the letter;
  • any case that has been filed by such entity relating to such patent; and
  • any ex parte review or int...

    (Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Jan. 9, 2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet.
Nov. 22, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade.
Nov. 19, 2013 Referred to House Energy and Commerce
Nov. 19, 2013 Referred to House Judiciary