Can an Assignee also be identified as an Applicant in a US national phase application? Yes, if the earliest filing date of the US national phase application is after September 16, 2012 (post patent reform/AIA). For a fuller discussion of patent applicant vs. assignee, see here.
Can inventions be publicly disclosed prior to filing a US patent application? The US patent system is different from the patent laws of most foreign countries in that US allows inventors to make public disclosures of their inventions prior to filing a US patent application. Most foreign patent offices would disqualify an invention from patent […]