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Does your patent paperwork make you a prime target for ID theft?

If you have filed for a patent or hold one(s), there's one more box for you to check: Read this post by Bill Heinze and make sure that you're not one of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office records that "allow nearly unlimited access to the Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and bank account numbers of hundreds of individual inventors who petition to reclaim their patent rights each year." Heinze hat-tips Tom Ramstack writing for The Washington Time on August 23, 2005, and continues,

"In response to a lawsuit filed by David Brown, who noticed the identity-theft vulnerability when he petitoined to reinstate one of his patents in 2003, the Office agreed to publish Privacy Act statements on patent forms telling inventors their personal information could be disclosed in public records. The following advisory appeared on Aug. 10 ..." More here.

Posted by Laurel Newby on August 26, 2005 at 04:59 PM | Permalink | TrackBack (0)

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