Upon failure of the applicant to prosecute the application within six months after any action therein, of which notice has been given or mailed to the applicant, or within such shorter time, not less than thirty days, as fixed by the Director in such action, the application shall be regarded as abandoned by the parties thereto, unless it be shown to the satisfaction of the Director that such delay was unavoidable.
Pub. L. 112–211, title II, §§ 202(b)(5),
203,Dec. 18, 2012, 126 Stat. 1536, provided that, effective on the date that is 1 year after Dec. 18, 2012, applicable to patents issued before, on, or after that effective date and patent applications pending on or filed after that effective date, and not effective with respect to patents in litigation commenced before that effective date, this section is amended by striking “, unless it be shown” and all that follows through “unavoidable”. See 2012 Amendment note below.
Historical and Revision Notes
Based on Title 35, U.S.C., 1946 ed., § 37 (R.S. 4894, amended (1) Mar. 3, 1897, ch. 391, § 4,29 Stat. 692, 693, (2) July 6, 1916, ch. 225, § 1,39 Stat. 345, 347–8, (3) Mar. 2, 1927, ch. 273, § 1,44 Stat. 1335, (4) Aug. 7, 1939, ch. 568, 53 Stat. 1264).
The opening clause of the corresponding section of existing statute is omitted as having no present day meaning or value and the last two sentences are omitted for inclusion in section
267. The notice is stated as given or mailed. Language is revised.
2012—Pub. L. 112–211struck out “, unless it be shown to the satisfaction of the Director that such delay was unavoidable” before period at end.
Amendment by Pub. L. 112–211effective on the date that is 1 year after Dec. 18, 2012, applicable to patents issued before, on, or after that effective date and patent applications pending on or filed after that effective date, and not effective with respect to patents in litigation commenced before that effective date, see section 203 ofPub. L. 112–211, set out as an Effective Date note under section
27 of this title.
Effective Date of 1999 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 106–113effective 4 months after Nov. 29, 1999, see section
1000(a)(9) [title IV, § 4731] of Pub. L. 106–113, set out as a note under section
1 of this title.
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