US (United States) Code. Title 35. Chapter 2: Proceedings in the Patent and Trademark Office

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35 USC CHAPTER 2 - PROCEEDINGS IN THE PATENT AND

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TITLE 35 - PATENTS

PART I - UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE

CHAPTER 2 - PROCEEDINGS IN THE PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE

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CHAPTER 2 - PROCEEDINGS IN THE PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE

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Sec.

21. Filing date and day for taking action.

22. Printing of papers filed.

23. Testimony in Patent and Trademark Office cases.

24. Subpoenas, witnesses.

25. Declaration in lieu of oath.

26. Effect of defective execution.

AMENDMENTS

2002 - Pub. L. 107-273, div. C, title III, Sec. 13206(a)(5), Nov.

2, 2002, 116 Stat. 1904, substituted "Filing date and day for

taking action" for "Day for taking action falling on Saturday,

Sunday, or holiday" in item 21.

1975 - Pub. L. 93-596, Sec. 1, Jan. 2, 1975, 88 Stat. 1949,

substituted "Patent and Trademark Office" for "Patent Office" in

chapter heading and in item 23.

1964 - Pub. L. 88-292, Sec. 2, Mar. 26, 1964, 78 Stat. 171, added

items 25 and 26.

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35 USC Sec. 21 01/06/03

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TITLE 35 - PATENTS

PART I - UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE

CHAPTER 2 - PROCEEDINGS IN THE PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE

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Sec. 21. Filing date and day for taking action

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(a) The Director may by rule prescribe that any paper or fee

required to be filed in the Patent and Trademark Office will be

considered filed in the Office on the date on which it was

deposited with the United States Postal Service or would have been

deposited with the United States Postal Service but for postal

service interruptions or emergencies designated by the Director.

(b) When the day, or the last day, for taking any action or

paying any fee in the United States Patent and Trademark Office

falls on Saturday, Sunday, or a Federal holiday within the District

of Columbia, the action may be taken, or the fee paid, on the next

succeeding secular or business day.

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(July 19, 1952, ch. 950, 66 Stat. 794; Pub. L. 93-596, Sec. 1, Jan.

2, 1975, 88 Stat. 1949; Pub. L. 97-247, Sec. 12, Aug. 27, 1982, 96

Stat. 321; Pub. L. 106-113, div. B, Sec. 1000(a)(9) [title IV, Sec.

4732(a)(10)(A)], Nov. 29, 1999, 113 Stat. 1536, 1501A-582; Pub. L.

107-273, div. C, title III, Sec. 13206(b)(1)(B), Nov. 2, 2002, 116

Stat. 1906.)

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HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES

Based on Title 35, U.S.C., 1946 ed., Sec. 21 (Mar. 2, 1927, ch.

273, Sec. 14, 44 Stat. 1337).

"Fixed by statute" is omitted from the corresponding section of

the existing statute as unnecessary. Saturday is added as a day on

which action need not be taken.

AMENDMENTS

2002 - Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 107-273 made technical correction to

directory language of Pub. L. 106-113. See 1999 Amendment note

below.

1999 - Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 106-113, as amended by Pub. L.

107-273, substituted "Director" for "Commissioner" in two places.

1982 - Pub. L. 97-247 substituted "Filing date and day for taking

action" for "Day for taking action falling on Saturday, Sunday, or

holiday" as section catchline, added subsec. (a), redesignated

existing provisions as subsec. (b) and inserted "Federal" after

"Sunday, or a".

1975 - Pub. L. 93-596 substituted "Patent and Trademark Office"

for "Patent Office".

EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1999 AMENDMENT

Amendment by Pub. L. 106-113 effective 4 months after Nov. 29,

1999, see section 1000(a)(9) [title IV, Sec. 4731] of Pub. L.

106-113, set out as a note under section 1 of this title.

EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1982 AMENDMENT

Amendment by Pub. L. 97-247 effective six months after Aug. 27,

1982, see section 17(c) of Pub. L. 97-247, set out as an Effective

Date note under section 294 of this title.

EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1975 AMENDMENT

Amendment by Pub. L. 93-596 effective Jan. 2, 1975, see section 4

of Pub. L. 93-596, set out as a note under section 1111 of Title

15, Commerce and Trade.

EMERGENCY RELIEF FROM POSTAL SITUATION AFFECTING PATENT CASES

Relief as to filing date of patent application or patent and

excusal of delayed fees or actions affected by postal situation

beginning on Mar. 18, 1970, and ending on or about Mar. 30, 1970,

see note set out under section 111 of this title.

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35 USC Sec. 22 01/06/03

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TITLE 35 - PATENTS

PART I - UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE

CHAPTER 2 - PROCEEDINGS IN THE PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE

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Sec. 22. Printing of papers filed

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The Director may require papers filed in the Patent and Trademark

Office to be printed, typewritten, or on an electronic medium.

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(July 19, 1952, ch. 950, 66 Stat. 795; Pub. L. 93-596, Sec. 1, Jan.

2, 1975, 88 Stat. 1949; Pub. L. 106-113, div. B, Sec. 1000(a)(9)

[title IV, Secs. 4732(a)(10)(A), 4804(a)], Nov. 29, 1999, 113 Stat.

1536, 1501A-582, 1501A-589; Pub. L. 107-273, div. C, title III,

Sec. 13206(b)(1)(B), Nov. 2, 2002, 116 Stat. 1906.)

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HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES

Based on Title 35, U.S.C., 1946 ed., Sec. 12 (R.S. 488).

Language is changed and "or typewritten" is added after

"printed".

AMENDMENTS

2002 - Pub. L. 107-273 made technical correction to directory

language of Pub. L. 106-113, Sec. 1000(a)(9) [title IV, Sec.

4732(a)(10)(A)]. See 1999 Amendment note below.

1999 - Pub. L. 106-113, Sec. 1000(a)(9) [title IV, Sec. 4804(a)],

substituted "printed, typewritten, or on an electronic medium" for

"printed or typewritten".

Pub. L. 106-113, Sec. 1000(a)(9) [title IV, Sec. 4732(a)(10)(A)],

as amended by Pub. L. 107-273, substituted "Director" for

"Commissioner".

1975 - Pub. L. 93-596 substituted "Patent and Trademark Office"

for "Patent Office".

EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1999 AMENDMENT

Amendment by section 1000(a)(9) [title IV, Sec. 4732(a)(10)(A)]

of Pub. L. 106-113 effective 4 months after Nov. 29, 1999, see

section 1000(a)(9) [title IV, Sec. 4731] of Pub. L. 106-113, set

out as a note under section 1 of this title.

EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1975 AMENDMENT

Amendment by Pub. L. 93-596 effective Jan. 2, 1975, see section 4

of Pub. L. 93-596, set out as a note under section 1111 of Title

15, Commerce and Trade.

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35 USC Sec. 23 01/06/03

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TITLE 35 - PATENTS

PART I - UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE

CHAPTER 2 - PROCEEDINGS IN THE PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE

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Sec. 23. Testimony in Patent and Trademark Office cases

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The Director may establish rules for taking affidavits and

depositions required in cases in the Patent and Trademark Office.

Any officer authorized by law to take depositions to be used in the

courts of the United States, or of the State where he resides, may

take such affidavits and depositions.

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(July 19, 1952, ch. 950, 66 Stat. 795; Pub. L. 93-596, Sec. 1, Jan.

2, 1975, 88 Stat. 1949; Pub. L. 106-113, div. B, Sec. 1000(a)(9)

[title IV, Sec. 4732(a)(10)(A)], Nov. 29, 1999, 113 Stat. 1536,

1501A-582; Pub. L. 107-273, div. C, title III, Sec. 13206(b)(1)(B),

Nov. 2, 2002, 116 Stat. 1906.)

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HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES

Based on Title 35, U.S.C., 1946 ed., Sec. 53 (R.S. 4905).

This section is placed in part 1 since it relates to trade-mark

cases in the Patent Office as well as to patent cases.

Language is changed.

AMENDMENTS

2002 - Pub. L. 107-273 made technical correction to directory

language of Pub. L. 106-113. See 1999 Amendment note below.

1999 - Pub. L. 106-113, as amended by Pub. L. 107-273,

substituted "Director" for "Commissioner".

1975 - Pub. L. 93-596 substituted "Patent and Trademark Office"

for "Patent Office" in section catchline and text.

EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1999 AMENDMENT

Amendment by Pub. L. 106-113 effective 4 months after Nov. 29,

1999, see section 1000(a)(9) [title IV, Sec. 4731] of Pub. L.

106-113, set out as a note under section 1 of this title.

EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1975 AMENDMENT

Amendment by Pub. L. 93-596 effective Jan. 2, 1975, see section 4

of Pub. L. 93-596, set out as a note under section 1111 of Title

15, Commerce and Trade.

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35 USC Sec. 24 01/06/03

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TITLE 35 - PATENTS

PART I - UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE

CHAPTER 2 - PROCEEDINGS IN THE PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE

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Sec. 24. Subpoenas, witnesses

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The clerk of any United States court for the district wherein

testimony is to be taken for use in any contested case in the

Patent and Trademark Office, shall, upon the application of any

party thereto, issue a subpoena for any witness residing or being

within such district, commanding him to appear and testify before

an officer in such district authorized to take depositions and

affidavits, at the time and place stated in the subpoena. The

provisions of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure relating to the

attendance of witnesses and to the production of documents and

things shall apply to contested cases in the Patent and Trademark

Office.

Every witness subpoenaed and in attendance shall be allowed the

fees and traveling expenses allowed to witnesses attending the

United States district courts.

A judge of a court whose clerk issued a subpoena may enforce

obedience to the process or punish disobedience as in other like

cases, on proof that a witness, served with such subpoena,

neglected or refused to appear or to testify. No witness shall be

deemed guilty of contempt for disobeying such subpoena unless his

fees and traveling expenses in going to, and returning from, and

one day's attendance at the place of examination, are paid or

tendered him at the time of the service of the subpoena; nor for

refusing to disclose any secret matter except upon appropriate

order of the court which issued the subpoena.

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(July 19, 1952, ch. 950, 66 Stat. 795; Pub. L. 93-596, Sec. 1, Jan.

2, 1975, 88 Stat. 1949.)

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HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES

Based on Title 35, U.S.C., 1946 ed., Secs. 54, 55 and 56 (R.S.

4906, amended Feb. 18, 1922, ch. 58, Sec. 7, 42 Stat. 389, 391-2;

R.S. 4907; R.S. 4908).

Three sections of the existing statute are combined with some

changes in language and placed in part 1 since they apply to

trade-mark cases in the Patent Office as well as to patent cases.

Reference to a repealed statute in the first paragraph is replaced

by reference to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and certain

rules are made applicable.

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REFERENCES IN TEXT

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, referred to in text, are

set out in the Appendix to Title 28, Judiciary and Judicial

Procedure.

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AMENDMENTS

1975 - Pub. L. 93-596 substituted "Patent and Trademark Office"

for "Patent Office" in two places.

EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1975 AMENDMENT

Amendment by Pub. L. 93-596 effective Jan. 2, 1975, see section 4

of Pub. L. 93-596, set out as a note under section 1111 of Title

15, Commerce and Trade.

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SECTION REFERRED TO IN OTHER SECTIONS

This section is referred to in title 25 section 374.

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35 USC Sec. 25 01/06/03

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TITLE 35 - PATENTS

PART I - UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE

CHAPTER 2 - PROCEEDINGS IN THE PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE

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Sec. 25. Declaration in lieu of oath

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(a) The Director may by rule prescribe that any document to be

filed in the Patent and Trademark Office and which is required by

any law, rule, or other regulation to be under oath may be

subscribed to by a written declaration in such form as the Director

may prescribe, such declaration to be in lieu of the oath otherwise

required.

(b) Whenever such written declaration is used, the document must

warn the declarant that willful false statements and the like are

punishable by fine or imprisonment, or both (18 U.S.C. 1001).

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(Added Pub. L. 88-292, Sec. 1, Mar. 26, 1964, 78 Stat. 171; amended

Pub. L. 93-596, Sec. 1, Jan. 2, 1975, 88 Stat. 1949; Pub. L.

106-113, div. B, Sec. 1000(a)(9) [title IV, Sec. 4732(a)(10)(A)],

Nov. 29, 1999, 113 Stat. 1536, 1501A-582; Pub. L. 107-273, div. C,

title III, Sec. 13206(b)(1)(B), Nov. 2, 2002, 116 Stat. 1906.)

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AMENDMENTS

2002 - Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 107-273 made technical correction to

directory language of Pub. L. 106-113. See 1999 Amendment note

below.

1999 - Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 106-113, as amended by Pub. L.

107-273, substituted "Director" for "Commissioner" in two places.

1975 - Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 93-596 substituted "Patent and

Trademark Office" for "Patent Office".

EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1999 AMENDMENT

Amendment by Pub. L. 106-113 effective 4 months after Nov. 29,

1999, see section 1000(a)(9) [title IV, Sec. 4731] of Pub. L.

106-113, set out as a note under section 1 of this title.

EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1975 AMENDMENT

Amendment by Pub. L. 93-596 effective Jan. 2, 1975, see section 4

of Pub. L. 93-596, set out as a note under section 1111 of Title

15, Commerce and Trade.

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TITLE 35 - PATENTS

PART I - UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE

CHAPTER 2 - PROCEEDINGS IN THE PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE

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Sec. 26. Effect of defective execution

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Any document to be filed in the Patent and Trademark Office and

which is required by any law, rule, or other regulation to be

executed in a specified manner may be provisionally accepted by the

Director despite a defective execution, provided a properly

executed document is submitted within such time as may be

prescribed.

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(Added Pub. L. 88-292, Sec. 1, Mar. 26, 1964, 78 Stat. 171; amended

Pub. L. 93-596, Sec. 1, Jan. 2, 1975, 88 Stat. 1949; Pub. L.

106-113, div. B, Sec. 1000(a)(9) [title IV, Sec. 4732(a)(10)(A)],

Nov. 29, 1999, 113 Stat. 1536, 1501A-582; Pub. L. 107-273, div. C,

title III, Sec. 13206(b)(1)(B), Nov. 2, 2002, 116 Stat. 1906.)

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AMENDMENTS

2002 - Pub. L. 107-273 made technical correction to directory

language of Pub. L. 106-113. See 1999 Amendment note below.

1999 - Pub. L. 106-113, as amended by Pub. L. 107-273,

substituted "Director" for "Commissioner".

1975 - Pub. L. 93-596 substituted "Patent and Trademark Office"

for "Patent Office".

EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1999 AMENDMENT

Amendment by Pub. L. 106-113 effective 4 months after Nov. 29,

1999, see section 1000(a)(9) [title IV, Sec. 4731] of Pub. L.

106-113, set out as a note under section 1 of this title.

EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1975 AMENDMENT

Amendment by Pub. L. 93-596 effective Jan. 2, 1975, see section 4

of Pub. L. 93-596, set out as a note under section 1111 of Title

15, Commerce and Trade.

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