35 U.S.C. § 316
AMENDMENTS2011- Pub. L. 112-29 amended section generally. Prior to amendment, section related to certificate of patentability, unpatentability, and claim cancellation.2002- Pub. L. 107-273 made technical correction to directory language of Pub. L. 106-113 which enacted this section.
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 any patent issued before, on, or after that effective date, with provisions for graduated implementation, see section 6(c)(2) of Pub. L. 112-29 set out as a note under sectionof this title.
EFFECTIVE DATESection effective Nov. 29, 1999, and applicable to any patent issuing from an original application filed in the United States on or after that date, see section 1000(a)(9) [title IV, §4608(a)] of Pub. L. 106-113 set out as an Effective Date of 1999 Amendment note under section of this title.
- The term "process" means process, art or method, and includes a new use of a known process, machine, manufacture, composition of matter, or material.
- United States
- The terms "United States" and "this country" mean the United States of America, its territories and possessions.