To amend title 35, United States Code, to require disclosure of ownership and transfers of ownership of patents, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``End Anonymous Patents Act''.
SEC. 2. DISCLOSURE OF OWNERSHIP OF PATENTS.
(a) Disclosure of Ownership of Patents.--Section 261 of title 35, United States Code, is amended-- (1) in the first paragraph, by striking ``Subject'' and inserting ``(a) Personal Property.--Subject''; (2) in the second paragraph, by striking ``Applications'' and inserting ``(b) Assignment.--Applications''; (3) in the third paragraph, by striking ``A certificate'' and inserting ``(c) Evidence of Execution of Transfer.--A certificate''; (4) In the fourth paragraph, by striking ``An assignment'' and inserting ``(d) Notice or Recordation Required.--An assignment''; and (5) by adding at the end the following: ``(e) Disclosures of Ownership.-- ``(1) New patents.--Upon the issuance of a patent under this title, the entity to which the patent is issued shall file with the Office a disclosure of the owner of the patent and any real party in interest in the patent. ``(2) Payment of maintenance fees.--Upon the payment of the maintenance fee required under section 41(b), the owner of the patent shall file with the Office a disclosure of the identity of the owner of the patent and any real party in interest in the patent. ``(3) Notice of transfer of ownership.--Whenever any patent, any application for patent,...