As set forth in a Federal Register Notice issued April 20, 2012, Congress has asked the USPTO to consider whether it should take steps “to protect economically significant patents from discovery by foreign entities” by extending the current national security screening program to encompass patent applications that may be important to the “economic security” of the United States. The USPTO has asked for public input on thirteen specific questions relating to economic security-based secrecy orders and three specific questions relating to national security-based secrecy orders. Written comments should be submitted by June 19, 2012.Continue reading this entry
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