Alex Moss is the Executive Director of the Public Interest Patent Law Institute, a non-profit dedicated to ensuring the patent system promotes innovation and access for the public’s benefit. She writes frequently on patent policy issues, including in IAM, the American Prospect, and the Guardian. Alex previously worked as a staff attorney and the Mark Cuban Chair to Eliminate Stupid Patents at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she continues to serve as a Special Advisor. Before joining EFF, she was an attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell and Durie Tangri, where she represented a wide range of clients, including both plaintiffs and defendants in patent cases. Prior to that, Alex served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Timothy B. Dyk of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She has an AB in government from Harvard College and a JD from Stanford Law School. Before law school, Alex worked for independent record label Rough Trade.
Last September, a bipartisan pair of Senators introduced the Pride in Patent Ownership Act, which, if passed, would add greatly-needed transparency to our patent system. The legislation would require patent owners to disclose their identity to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) when a patent issues and whenever it changes hands so that members of the public have easy access to information about who the true owners of patents are. Right now, inventors, businesses, and other interested members of the public often have to undertake time consuming and expensive litigation to determine who owns a patent. As Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) rightly pointed out when introducing the legislation, “Patents provide a limited term monopoly against the public, and it’s in the public’s interest and benefit to know who owns that monopoly.”