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patenting under individuals name versus company

Posted by Anonymous . updated on 2/26/2009
Does a patent application have to list an individual's name as the inventor, or can a patent be filed under a corporation's name or partnership's name for anonymity?
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Wiscagent
In the United States it is essential to name the true inventors.  

In some other countries the applicant can be a company and the inventors need not be named.
 
 
Sue Smith
So one cannot form a corporation or LLP and file patents under its name...  Is there anyway to preserve one's anonymity as the inventor in patenting process?  I mean specifically from third parties (not necessarily from the USPTO)?  
 
 
Isaac
I think the best you can do to preserve anonymity during the patent process is to ask that your application not be published.  The downside of doing so is that you have to agree not to file a foreign patent on that invention.   If you file a foreign patent without informing the PTO and rescinding your non publication request in a timely manner, your patent application will be abandoned.

Once the patent issues however the inventor's name will be published on the face of  the patent.  No way to avoid that...
 
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