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INTERFERENCE PRACTICE

THE LIBRARY

CONGRESS
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BEFORE THE

HEARINGS

MAY 1944
COMMITTEE ON PATENTS Copy:

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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

GOVT. SOURCE

SEVENTY-EIGHTH CONGRESS

SECOND SESSION

ON

H. R. 3264

TO AMEND THE PATENT LAWS WITH RESPECT TO

PRACTICE IN INTERFERENCE CASES

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COMMITTEE ON PATENTS

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

FRANK W. BOYKIN, Alabama, Chairman FRITZ G. LANHAM, Texas

FRED A. HARTLEY, JR., New Jersey CHARLES-A. BUCKLEY, New York

LESLIE C. ARENDS, Illinois ARTHUR G. KLEIN, New York

CHARLES A. WOLVERTON, New Jersey EDWARD J. HART, New Jersey

WILLIAM H. STEVENSON, Wisconsin JOHN D. GIBSON, Georgia

FRED E. BUSBEY, Illinois
CECIL R. KING, California

WINIFRED C. STANLEY, New York
HENRY D. LARCADE, JR., Louisiana ROBERT HALE, Maine
GRANT FURLONG, Pennsylvania

LOUIS E. MILLER, Missouri

D. EMMERT BRUMBAUGH, Pennsylvania

LILYAN M. HENRY, Assistant Clerk
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CONTENTS

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H. R. 3264, text of bill..

Proposed amendments.

List of witnesses:

Otto R. Barnett.-

Conder C. Henry, Assistant Commissioner of Patents-

John A. Dienner.

Karl Fenning, Cleveland Patent Law Association.

Daniel G. Cullen.

Robert W. Byerly -

Dean F. Edmonds.

Chester L. Davis, chairman, committee on legislation, American Bar

Association

Charles W. Rivise

Bernard Garvey, American Patent Law Association.-

Written statements, reports, letters, etc.:

American Bar Association:

Extract from summary of proceedings of the section of patent,

trade-mark, and copyright law.

Statement for committee on legislation, patent section..

American Chemical Society committee on patent legislation, letter.

American Patent Law Association, statement-

Attorney General, report.

Arthur B. Bakalar, Report for Patent Law Association of San Francisco.

Article, Comments on Proposed New Interference Practice..
R. Barnett, reply briefs.
rt W. Byerly, statement

D. Chestnut, article, Transfer of Interference Proceedings to
i strict Court.

land Patent Law Association, statement-
Daniel G. Cullen, Statement.
Chester L. Davis, statement for committee on legislation, patent

section, American Bar Association.

John A. Dienner, statement...

Karl Fenning, Statement for the Cleveland Patent Law Association.-

Letter -

B. F. Garvey, statement for American Patent Law Association.-

Ray S. Gehr, statement for the Cleveland Patent Law Association..

Ford Harris, article, The New Interference Practice.

B. M. Klivitzky, article, Comments on Proposed New Interference

Practice.

Alfred W. Knight, statement for Patent Law Association of Los

Angeles..

0. W. Lee, article, Patent Interference Reform..
Los Angeles, Patent Law Association of, statement.
Ralph H. McKee, letter---
Charles M. Nissen, statement.
Benjamin T. Rauber, article, Proposed Patent Law Reform-
Charles W. Rivise, statement and exhibits.
Louis Robertson, letter and statement.
John F. Robb, Letters and exhibits..

Extract from article, For the Improvement of the United States

Patent Law System.
San Francisco, Patent Law Association of, report, statement, and ex-

hibits.
Walter A. Schmidt, letter for American Chemical Society, committee

on patent legislation.
W. G. Soley, letters.-
Richard Spencer, Interferences, extract from book.
Carl E. Swanson, memorandum.
Loyd H. Sutton, statement..
Vanderveer Voorhees, article, Out of the Frying Pan.-

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REVISION OF PATENT OFFICE INTERFERENCE PRACTICE

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1944

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
COMMITTEE ON PATENTS,

Washington, D. C. The committee met, pursuant to notice, at 10 a. m., Hon. Fritz G. Lanham, presiding.

Present: Representatives Lanham (presiding), Wolverton, Hartley, Hale, Stevenson, Klein, Miller, Busbey, and Rowan. Also present: Representative Ralph E. Church. (The bill under consideration, H. R. 3264, is as follows:) 78TH CONGRESS H. R.

H. R. 3264 1st SESSION

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SEPTEMBER 20, 1943
Mr. Church introduced the following bill; which was referred to

the Committee on Patents

A BILL

To amend the patent laws with respect to practice in interference

cases, and for other purposes.
1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-
2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
3 That section 482 of the Revised Statutes, as amended
4 (U. S. C., 1940 edition, title 35, sec. 7), is amended by
5 'striking out the words "and in interference cases” so that
6 such section shall read as follows:
7 “SEC. 482. The examiners in chief shall be persons of
8 competent legal knowledge and scientific ability. The Com-
9 missioner of Patents, the first assistant commissioner, the
10 assistant commissioners, and the examiners in chief shall
11 constitute a board of appeals, whose duty it shall be, on

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1 written petition of the appellant, to review and determine
2 upon the validity of the adverse decisions of examiners upon
3 applications for patents and for reissues of patents. Each
4 appeal shall be heard by at least three members of the board
5 of appeals, the members hearing such appeal being designated
6 by the Commissioner. The board of appeals shall have sole
7 power to grant rehearings."
8 Sec. 2. Section 4904 of the Revised Statutes, as
9 amended (U. S. C., 1940 edition, title 35, sec. 52), is
10 amended to read as follows:

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