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GENERAL REVISION OF THE PATENT LAWS
MONDAY, APRIL 17, 1967
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
Washington, D.C. The subcommittee met, pursuant to notice, at 10 a.m., in room 2226, Rayburn House Office Building, the Honorable Robert W. Kastenmeier presiding.
Present: Representatives Kastenmeier, Edwards, Poff, and Roth.
Also present: Herbert Fuchs, counsel to the subcommittee; and John W. Dean III, associate counsel.
Mr. KASTENMEIER. The subcommittee will come to order.
The subcommittee meets today to begin its hearing on H.R. 5924, submitted by the President of the United States, for the general revision of the patent laws.
(H.R. 5924 is as follows:)
(H.R. 5924, 90th Cong., first sess.) A BILL For the general revision of the Patent Laws, title 35 of the United States Code,
and for other purposes
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That title 35 of the United States Code, entitled “Patents”, is hereby amended in its entirety to read as follows:
"TITLE 35—PATENTS "PART
"I. PATENT OFFICE "II. PATENTABILITY OF INVENTIONS AND GRANT OF PATENTS. "III. PATENTS AND PROTECTION OF PATENT RIGHTS.
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“PART I–PATENT OFFICE "CHAPTER "1. ESTABLISHMENT, OFFICERS, FUNCTIONS. "2. PROCEEDINGS IN THE PATENT OFFICE "3. PRACTICE BEFORE TH) PATENT OFFICE "4. PATENT FEES
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“Chapter 1.-ESTABLISHMENT, OFFICERS, FUNCTIONS
“8 1. Establishment
“The Patent Office shall be an Office in the Department of Commerce, where records, books, drawings, specifications, and other papers and things pertaining to patents and to trademark registrations shall be kept and preserved, except as otherwise provided by law. “8 2. Seal
"The Patent Office shall have a seal with which letters patent, certificates of trademark registrations, and papers issued from the Office shall be authenticated. "83. Officers and employees
“(a) There shall be in the Patent Office a Commissioner of Patents, one first assistant commissioner, two other assistant commissioners, and not more than twenty-four examiners-in-chief. The assistant commissioners shall perform the duties pertaining to the office of Commissioner assigned to them by the Commissioner. The first assistant commissioner, or, in the event of a vacancy in that office, the assistant commissioner senior in date of appointment, shall fill the office of Commissioner during a vacancy in that office until a Commissioner is appointed and takes office. The Commissioner of Patents shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Secretary of Commerce, upon the nomination of the Commissioner in accordance with law, shall appoint all other officers and employees.
“(b) The Secretary of Commerce may vest in himself the functions of the Patent Office and its officers and employees specified in this title and may from time to time authorize their performance by any other officer or employee.
"(c) The Secretary of Commerce is authorized to fix the per annum rate of basic compensation of each examiner-in-chief in the Patent Office at not in excess of the maximum scheduled rate provided for positions in grade 17 of the General Schedule of positions referred to in section 5104 of title 5, United States Code, and of the assistant commissioners at not in excess of the rate provided for positions in grade 18. “8 4. Restrictions on officers and employees as to interest in patents
"Officers and employees of the Patent Office shall be incapable, during the period of their appointments and for one year thereafter, of applying for a patent and of acquiring, directly or indirectly, except by inheritance or bequest, any patent or any right or interest in any patent, issued or to be issued by the Office. In patents applied for thereafter they shall not be entitled to any priority date earlier than one year after the termination of their appointment. "g 5. Bond of Commissioner and other officers
“The Commissioner and such other officers as he designates, before entering upon their duties, shall severally give bond, with sureties, the former in the sum of $10,000, and the latter in sums prescribed by the Commissioner, conditioned for the faithful discharge of their respective duties and that they shall render to the proper officers of the Treasury a true account of all money received by virtue of their offices. "g 6. Duties of Commissioner
“The Commissioner, under the direction of the Secretary of Commerce, shall superintend or perform all duties required by law respecting the granting and issuing of patents and the registration of trademarks; and he shall have charge of property belonging to the Patent Office. He may establish regulations, not inconsistent with law, for the conduct of proceedings in the Patent Office. Such regulations and all other regulations issued pursuant to this title shall be subject to the approval of the Secretary of Commerce. “8 7. Board of Appeals
“(a) The Commissioner, the assistant commissioners, and the examiners-inchief shall constitute a Board of Appeals in the Patent Office. The examinersin-chief shall be persons of competent legal knowledge and scientific ability, who shall be appointed under the classified Civil Service. “(b) The Board of Appeals shall :
“(1) Review adverse decisions of the examiners upon applications for patents as provided in section 134 of this title.
“(2) Review or consider actions arising under sections 136 and 257 of this title in accordance with regulations established for such purpose.