(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 a pending international application may be excused upon a showing satisfactory to the Director of unavoidable delay, to the extent not precluded by the treaty and the Regulations, and provided the conditions imposed by the treaty and the Regulations regarding the excuse of such failure to act are complied with.
1986—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 99–616substituted a comma for “or” before “International Searching Authority” and “International Preliminary Examining Authority” for “both”.
1984—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 98–622substituted “Patent and Trademark Office” for “Patent Office”.
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.
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