In all inter partes proceedings equitable principles of laches, estoppel, and acquiescence, where applicable may be considered and applied.
15 U.S. Code § 1069. Application of equitable principles in inter partes proceedings
1988—Pub. L. 100–667 struck out at end “The provisions of this section shall also govern proceedings heretofore begun in the Patent and Trademark Office and not finally determined.”
1975—Pub. L. 93–596 substituted “Patent and Trademark Office” for “Patent Office”.
Repeal of inconsistent provisions, effect of this chapter on pending proceedings and existing registrations and rights under prior acts, see notes set out under section 1051 of this title.
For transfer of functions of other officers, employees, and agencies of Department of Commerce, with certain exceptions, to Secretary of Commerce, with power to delegate, see Reorg. Plan No. 5 of 1950, §§ 1, 2, eff. May 24, 1950, 15 F.R. 3174, 64 Stat. 1263, set out in the Appendix to Title 5, Government Organization and Employees.