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Patent Laws

FreshPatents.com is pleased to present this information about "Patent Laws". This is the same information as provided by the USPTO for inventors, entrepeneurs and prospective patentholders as of our last update on 01/28/08.
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"Patent Laws" patent information

"The Constitution of the United States gives Congress the power to enact laws relating to patents, in Article I, section 8, which reads "Congress shall have power . . . to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries." Under this power Congress has from time to time enacted various laws relating to patents. The first patent law was enacted in 1790. The patent laws underwent a general revision which was enacted July 19, 1952, and which came into effect January 1, 1953. It is codified in Title 35, United States Code. Additionally, on November 29, 1999, Congress enacted the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999 (AIPA), which further revised the patent laws. See Public Law 106-113, 113 Stat. 1501 (1999).

The patent law specifies the subject matter for which a patent may be obtained and the conditions for patentability. The law establishes the United States Patent and Trademark Office to administer the law relating to the granting of patents and contains various other provisions relating to patents."

Source: USPTO - This information on "Patent Laws" is current as of: 01/28/08



Contents

1. What Is a Patent?
2. What Is a Trademark or Servicemark?
3. What Is a Copyright?
4. Patent Laws
5. What Can Be Patented
6. Conditions For Obtaining A Patent
7. The United States Patent And Trademark Office
8. Attorneys and Agents
9. Disclosure Document Program
10. Who May Apply For A Patent
11. Non-Provisional Application for a Patent
12. Provisional Application for a Patent
13. Publication of Patent Applications
14. 1.84 Standards for Drawings
15. Issue of Patent
16. Maintenance Fees
17. Correction of Patents
18. Infringement of Patents
19. Design Patents