35 USCS Sect. 122

U.S. Patent Act

..Part II. Patentabililty of Inventions and Grant of Patents

....Chapt. 11. Application for Patent


Sect.122. Confidential status of applications

Application for patents shall be kept in confidence by the Patent and Trademark Office and no information concerning the same given without authority of the applicant or owner unless necessary to carry out the provisions of any Act of Congress or in such special circumstances as may be determined by the Commissioner.