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S.1720: Patent Transparency and Improvements 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 Patrick J. Leahy, D-Vt.
Total Cosponsors 3 (2 Democrats, 1 Republican)
Introduced Nov. 18, 2013
Latest Major Action Dec. 17, 2013
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Bill Summary

Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013 - Directs a court to require a patentee who has filed a civil action for patent infringement to disclose to the court and to all adverse parties any persons, associations, corporations (including parent corporations), or other entities known by the patentee to have: (1) a financial interest in the subject matter in controversy or in a party to the proceeding, or (2) any other interest that could be substantially affected by the outcome of the proceeding.

Requires any assignment of all substantial rights in an issued patent that results in a change to the ultimate parent entity to be recorded in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) within three months of the assignment.

Prohibits a party asserting infringement from recovering increased damages or attorney's fees with respect to infringing activities taking place during any period of noncompliance in which the ultimate parent entity of an assignee has not been d...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Dec. 17, 2013 Committee on the Judiciary. Hearings held.
Nov. 18, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.