U.S. Patent Act
..Part II. Patentabililty of Inventions and Grant of Patents
....Chapt. 17. Secrecy and Filing in Foreign Country
The Atomic Energy Commission, the Secretary of a defense department, the chief officer of any other department or agency of the Government designated by the President as a defense agency of the United States, and the Secretary of Commerce, may separately issue rules and regulations to enable the respective department or agency to carry out the provisions of this chapter [35 USCS Sects. 181 et seq.], and may delegate any power conferred by this chapter [35 USCS Sects. 181 et seq.].