Copies of the specifications and drawings of foreign letters patent, or applications for foreign letters patent, and copies of excerpts of the official journals and other official publications of foreign patent offices belonging to the United States Patent and Trademark Office, certified in the manner provided by section 1744 of this title are prima facie evidence of their contents and of the dates indicated on their face.
28 U.S.C. § 1745
HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTESBased on title 28, U.S.C., 1940 ed., §674 (R.S. §893). Changes were made in phraseology.
PRIOR PROVISIONSA prior section 1745, act June 25, 1948, ch. 646, 62 Stat. 948, related to printed copies of patent specifications and drawings, prior to repeal by act May 24, 1949, ch. 139, §92(d), 63 Stat. 103.
AMENDMENTS1999- Pub. L. 106-113 substituted "United States Patent and Trademark Office" for "United States Patent Office". 1964- Pub. L. 88-619 among other changes, inserted "or applications for foreign letters patent, and copies of excerpts of the official journals and other official publications of foreign patent offices belonging to the United States Patent Office" in text, and substituted "documents" for "specifications and drawings" in section catchline. 1949-Act May 24, 1949, renumbered section 1746 of this title as this section.
STATUTORY NOTES AND RELATED SUBSIDIARIES
EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1999 AMENDMENT Amendment by Pub. L. 106-113 effective 4 months after Nov. 29, 1999, see section 1000(a)(9) [title IV, §4731] of Pub. L. 106-113 set out as a note under sectionof Title 35, Patents.