Effective September 16, 2012 under the AIA, the following important changes take effect for corporate entities applying for patent protection:
- Allowed to be “Patent Applicant”. Corporate entities can now file patent applications in their own name instead of the name of the inventors as previously required. Basically, any corporate entity that can show a proprietary interest in the patent rights will be able to apply for patent protection as the “patent applicant”.
- Must be Filed by Registered Patent Attorney. Included within the new changes are requirements that corporate entities cannot file patent applications pro se(including provisional patent applications) and now must file patent applications via a U.S. Registered Patent Attorney.
A good discussion regarding the new rule changes is located at Patenty-O.