MPEP 2700

Patent Terms, Adjustments, and Extensions

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Number of Pages:  93 pgs
Sections:  2701 – 2766

Brief Summary:

This chapter discusses the intricacies involved with patent terms including how a term may be adjusted or extended.  

Key Terms:

Patent Term ExtensionPatent TermPeriod of Adjustment
Third PartyDuty of Disclosure 

37 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations):

37 CFR 1.701Extension of patent term due to examination delay under the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (original applications, other than designs, filed on or after June 8, 1995, and before May 29, 2000).
37 CFR 1.702Grounds for adjustment of patent term due to examination delay under the Patent Term Guarantee Act of 1999 (original applications, other than designs, on or after May 29, 2000).

35 USC (United States Code):

35 USC 154Contents and term of patent; provisional rights.
35 USC 156Extension of patent term.

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