35 U.S.C. 364: International stage: Procedure

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35 U.S.C. 364    International stage: Procedure.

  • (a) International applications shall be processed by the Patent and Trademark Office when acting as a Receiving Office, International Searching Authority, or International Preliminary Examining Authority, in accordance with the applicable provisions of the treaty, the Regulations, and this title.
  • (b) An applicant’s failure to act within prescribed time limits in connection with requirements pertaining to an international application may be excused as provided in the treaty and the Regulations.

(Added Nov. 14, 1975, Public Law 94-131, sec. 1, 89 Stat. 686; amended Nov. 8, 1984, Public Law 98-622, sec. 403(a), 98 Stat. 3392; subsection (a) amended Nov. 6, 1986, Public Law 99-616, sec. 5, 100 Stat. 3485; amended Nov. 29, 1999, Public Law 106-113, sec. 1000(a)(9), 113 Stat. 1501A-582 (S. 1948 sec. 4732(a)(10)(A)); Dec. 18, 2012, sec. 202(b)(8), 126 Stat. 1536.)