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Patent Resources: U.S. Statutes & Rules

A guide for locating patent resources available through the D'Azzo Research Library, as well as background information on the importance of patents to the Air Force Research Laboratory.

United States Patent and Trademark Office:

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." -- The United States Patent and Trademark Office, "About Us"

Title 35, United States Code:

The full statutory text establishing the Office, and delineating its powers and duties, officers and employees, with all amendments to the statute. Worth knowing where to find, so that the exact language can be checked at any time.

Title 37, Code of Federal Regulations: Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights:

The Federal Regulations dealing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (Chapter 1), the U.S. Copyright Office (Chapter 2) and the Copyright Royalty Board (Chapter 3), both in the Library of Congress, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (Chapter 4). [The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) annual edition is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the Federal Government produced by the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) and the Government Publishing Office.]

Manual of Patent Examining Procedure:

"This Manual is published to provide U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) patent examiners, applicants, attorneys, agents, and representatives of applicants with a reference work on the practices and procedures relative to the prosecution of patent applications and other proceedings before the USPTO. ... The Manual does not have the force of law or the force of the rules in Title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations." -- "Manual of Patent Examining Procedure,” Forward.

Air Force Policy Directive 61-1:

This directive establishes policy for effectively managing science and technology efforts, implementing the Scientific and Technical Information Program, managing all other types of Department of the Air Force technical information, and having a robust program for transferring technology to the warfighter. Effective management of Department of the Air Force technology and resultant technical information will enable the Department to dominate time, space, and complexity in future conflicts across all operating domains. This publication combines AFPD 61-1, Management of Science and Technology, AFPD 61-2, Management of Scientific and Technical Information, and AFPD 61-3, Domestic Technology Transfer.

AFMC Law Office (AFMCLO): Intellectual Property Law Division (AFMCLO/JAZ):

Available through the Air Force Portal, this site is a useful compilation of Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and Patent resources as they apply to the Department of the Air Force. The Patent Law Section has links for general information, including answers to common questions and links to educational videos, Links to patent-related statutes and Air Force regulations, policy documents and instructions, Contract Patent Rights clauses for Air Force contracts and Air Force Patent forms, as well as a page of useful patent links, including various patent offices worldwide, patent searching resources and download websites.

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