35 U.S. Code § 361 - Receiving Office

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(a) The Patent and Trademark Office shall act as a Receiving Office for international applications filed by nationals or residents of the United States. In accordance with any agreement made between the United States and another country, the Patent and Trademark Office may also act as a Receiving Office for international applications filed by residents or nationals of such country who are entitled to file international applications.
(b) The Patent and Trademark Office shall perform all acts connected with the discharge of duties required of a Receiving Office, including the collection of international fees and their transmittal to the International Bureau.
(c) International applications filed in the Patent and Trademark Office shall be in the English language.
(d) The international fee, and the transmittal and search fees prescribed under section 376 (a) of this part, shall either be paid on filing of an international application or within such later time as may be fixed by the Director.

Source

(Added Pub. L. 94–131, § 1,Nov. 14, 1975, 89 Stat. 686; amended Pub. L. 98–622, title IV, §§ 401(a), 403(a),Nov. 8, 1984, 98 Stat. 3391, 3392; Pub. L. 99–616, § 2(d),Nov. 6, 1986, 100 Stat. 3485; Pub. L. 106–113, div. B, § 1000(a)(9) [title IV, § 4732(a)(10)(A)], Nov. 29, 1999, 113 Stat. 1536, 1501A–582; Pub. L. 107–273, div. C, title III, § 13206(b)(1)(B),Nov. 2, 2002, 116 Stat. 1906; Pub. L. 112–211, title II, § 202(b)(7),Dec. 18, 2012, 126 Stat. 1536.)
Amendment of Section

Pub. L. 112–211, title II, §§ 202(b)(7), 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 subsection (c) and inserting the following:
(c) International applications filed in the Patent and Trademark Office shall be filed in the English language, or an English translation shall be filed within such later time as may be fixed by the Director.
See 2012 Amendment note below.
Amendments

2012—Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 112–211added subsec. (c) and struck out former subsec. (c) which read as follows: “International applications filed in the Patent and Trademark Office shall be in the English language.”
2002—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 107–273made technical correction to directory language of Pub. L. 106–113. See 1999 Amendment note below.
1999—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 106–113, as amended by Pub. L. 107–273, substituted “Director” for “Commissioner”.
1986—Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 99–616amended subsec. (d) generally. Prior to amendment, subsec. (d) read as follows: “The basic fee portion of the international fee, and the transmittal and search fees prescribed under section 376 (a) of this part, shall be paid on filing of an international application or within one month after the date of such filing. Payment of designation fees may be made on filing and shall be made not later than one year from the priority date of the international application.”
1984—Subsecs. (a) to (c). Pub. L. 98–622, § 403(a), substituted “Patent and Trademark Office” for “Patent Office”.
Subsec. (d). Pub. L. 98–622, § 401(a), inserted “or within one month after the date of such filing” after “application”.
Effective Date of 2012 Amendment

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.
Effective Date of 1986 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 99–616effective July 1, 1987, and applicable to all international applications pending before or after that date, see section 9 ofPub. L. 99–616, set out as a note under section 351 of this title.
Effective Date of 1984 Amendment

Amendment by section 401(a) ofPub. L. 98–622effective six months after Nov. 8, 1984, see section 406(b) ofPub. L. 98–622, set out as a note under section 3 of this title.
Amendment by section 403(a) ofPub. L. 98–622effective Nov. 8, 1984, see section 406(a) ofPub. L. 98–622, set out as a note under section 351 of this title.
Effective Date

Chapter effective Jan. 24, 1978, and applicable to international and national applications filed on and after that date, see section 11 ofPub. L. 94–131, set out as a note under section 351 of this title.

 

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