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Chapter I-Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce
Chapter II—Copyright Office, Library of Congress
Chapter IV-Assistant Secretary for Technology Policy, Department
Chapter V—Under Secretary for Technology, Department of Com
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The Code of Federal Regulations is a codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the Executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government. The Code is divided into 50 titles which represent broad areas subject to Federal regulation. Each title is divided into chapters which usually bear the name of the issuing agency. Each chapter is further subdivided into parts covering specific regulatory areas.
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The Code of Federal Regulations is kept up to date by the individual issues of the Federal Register. These two publications must be used together to determine the latest version of any given rule.
To determine whether a Code volume has been amended since its revision date (in this case, July 1, 1996), consult the "List of CFR Sections Affected (LSA),” which is issued monthly, and the “Cumulative List of Parts Affected," which appears in the Reader Aids section of the daily Federal Register. These two lists will identify the Federal Register page number of the latest amendment of any given rule. EFFECTIVE AND EXPIRATION DATES
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A subject index to the Code of Federal Regulations is contained in a separate volume, revised annually as of January 1, entitled CFR INDEX AND FINDING AIDS. This volume contains the Parallel Table of Statutory Authorities and Agency Rules (Table I), and Acts Requiring Publication in the Federal Register (Table II). A list of CFR titles, chapters, and parts and an alphabetical list of agencies publishing in the CFR are also included in this volume.
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RICHARD L. CLAYPOOLE,
July 1, 1996.
Title 37—PATENTS, TRADEMARKS AND COPYRIGHTS is composed of one volume. The contents of this volume represent all current regulations codified under this title of the CFR as of July 1, 1996.
In this revision, the parts in chapter I, subchapter A are regrouped according to subject matter. All parts pertaining to patents parts 1, 5, and 7-appear sequentially. All parts pertaining to trademarks-parts 2 and 6-follow, also in sequence. Part 3 which pertains to both patents and trademarks follows part 1. Appropriate notes are inserted in the text to guide the user.
For this volume, Cheryl E. Sirofchuck was Chief Editor. The Code of Federal Regulations publication program is under the direction of Frances D. McDonald, assisted by Alomha S. Morris.