Patent Reformers Favor Corporate Interests Over Inventor’s Rights

There’s one revision tucked away in S.23 (the Patent Reform Act of 2011) that almost no one is talking about: changes to the procedure for filing without the Inventor’s oath and declaration.  In the US, unlike much of the world, patents are applied for by inventors, not corporations. Sure, the rights to a patent application, or an issued patent, might be assigned to a company, but the patent office recognizes the inventor as the patent applicant. This may seem like a relative formality, but it is actually a very significant recognition about the realities of invention. Inventions are conceived of and reduced to practice by human beings, not fictitious corporations.