United States Code/Title 35/Chapter 16/Section 173
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Title 35, Chapter 16, Section 173. Term of design patent
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Section 173. Term of design patent
Patents for designs shall be granted for the term of fourteen years from the date of grant.
(July 19, 1952, ch. 950, 66 Stat. 805; Pub. L. 97-247, Sec. 16, Aug. 27, 1982, 96 Stat. 321; Pub. L. 103-465, title V, Sec. 532(c)(3), Dec. 8, 1994, 108 Stat. 4987.)
Historical and Revision Notes
Based on Title 35, U.S.C., 1946 ed., Sec. 77 (R.S. 4931). Language is changed slightly.
Pub. L. 103-465 inserted “from the date of grant” after “years”.
Effective Date of 1994 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 103-465 effective 6 months after Dec. 8, 1994, and applicable to all patent applications filed in the United States on or after that effective date, with provisions relating to earliest filed patent application, see section 534(b)(1), (3) of Pub. L. 103-465, set out as a note under section 154 of this title.
Pub. L. 97-247 substituted “Patents for designs shall be granted for the term of fourteen years” for “Patents for designs may be granted for the term of three years and six months, or for seven years, or for fourteen years, as the applicant, in his application, elects”.
Effective Date of 1982 Amendment
Amendment by Pub. L. 97-247 effective Oct. 1, 1982, see section 17(a) of Pub. L. 97-247, set out as a note under section 41 of this title.