35 U.S.C. § 253
July 19, 1952, ch. 950, 66 Stat. 809; Pub. L. 93-596Jan. 2, 1975, 88 Stat. 1949; Pub. L. 112-29Sept. 16, 2011, 125 Stat. 334.
HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTESBased on Title 35, U.S.C., 1946 ed., §65 (R.S. 4917).Language is changed and substantive changes are introduced; (1) only a claim as a whole may be disclaimed, and (2) the provision regarding delay is omitted. See preliminary general description of bill.See section 288.The second paragraph is new and provides for the disclaiming or dedication of an entire patent, or any terminal part of the term, for example, a patentee may disclaim the last three years of the term of his patent.
AMENDMENTS 2011-Pub. L. 112-29 designated first and second pars. as subsecs. (a) and (b), respectively, inserted headings, in subsec. (a), substituted "Whenever" for "Whenever, without any deceptive intention,", and, in subsec. (b), substituted "In the manner set forth in subsection (a)," for "In like manner".1975-Pub. L. 93-596 substituted "Patent and Trademark Office" for "Patent Office".
EFFECTIVE DATE OF 2011 AMENDMENTAmendment by Pub. L. 112-29 effective upon the expiration of the 1-year period beginning on Sept. 16, 2011, and applicable to proceedings commenced on or after that effective date, see section 20(l) of Pub. L. 112-29, set out as a note under sectionof this title.
EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1975 AMENDMENTAmendment by Pub. L. 93-596 effective Jan. 2, 1975, see section 4 of Pub. L. 93-596, set out as a note under sectionof Title 15, Commerce and Trade.
- The word "patentee" includes not only the patentee to whom the patent was issued but also the successors in title to the patentee.