Next to a patent, there is the inventor's name and assignee name. But one's name is not unique. How does the USPTO uniquely identifies an owner of a patent? Does it require the owner's SSN? What about foreign entities?

  • I think this is a duplicate but I couldn’t find it.
    – George White
    May 1 at 15:16
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    Having sold some of my granted patents, I can say I was surprised how little "authentication" is necessary to sell a patent. Fortunately, patent ownership fraud seems to not be a widespread phenomenon.
    – bhuff36
    May 1 at 17:15


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