At one time, the public record easily accessible from the PTO gave only the barest abstract of title. Assignor, Assignee, date of recordation, reel and frame numbers: that was it.
It was possble to visit the PTO and obtain a copy of the Assignment document, as recorded on microfilm, but the process was cumbersome and time-consuming.
No more. A few years ago, the PTO made it easy to obtain a copy of the actual Assignment document. Continue reading