International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority
The Patent and Trademark Office may act as an International Searching Authority and International Preliminary Examining Authority with respect to international applications in accordance with the terms and conditions of an agreement which may be concluded with the International Bureau, and may discharge all duties required of such Authorities, including the collection of handling fees and their transmittal to the International Bureau.
The handling fee, preliminary examination fee, and any additional fees due for international preliminary examination shall be paid within such time as may be fixed by the Director.
(Added Pub. L. 94–131
, § 1, Nov. 14, 1975
, 89 Stat. 686
; amended Pub. L. 98–622, title IV
, § 403(a), Nov. 8, 1984
, 98 Stat. 3392
; Pub. L. 99–616
, § 4, 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
2002—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 107–273 made technical correction to directory language of Pub. L. 106–113. See 1999 Amendment note below.
1999—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 106–113, as amended by Pub. L. 107–273, substituted “Director” for “Commissioner”.
1986—Pub. L. 99–616 inserted “and International Preliminary Examining Authority” in section catchline and amended text generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “The Patent and Trademark Office may act as an International Searching Authority with respect to international applications in accordance with the terms and conditions of an agreement which may be concluded with the International Bureau.”
1984—Pub. L. 98–622 substituted “Patent and Trademark Office” for “Patent Office”.
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