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Issue 37 | November 7, 2002
New U.S. Intellectual Property Law
 On Saturday, November 2, President Bush signed into law the "21st Century Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act," designated as H.R. 2215. An outline of Title III of the bill containing the intellectual property provisions is set forth below. The full text of Title III is available at the GPO site.

TITLE III--INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Subtitle A--Patent and Trademark Office Authorization

     Sec. 13101. Short title.
     Sec. 13102. Authorization of amounts available to the Patent
       and Trademark Office.
     Sec. 13103. Electronic filing and processing of patent and
       trademark applications.
     Sec. 13104. Strategic plan.
     Sec. 13105. Determination of substantial new question of
       patentability in reexamination proceedings.
     Sec. 13106. Appeals in inter partes reexamination
       proceedings.

Subtitle B--Intellectual Property and High Technology Technical Amendments

     Sec. 13201. Short title.
     Sec. 13202. Clarification of Reexamination Procedure Act of
       1999; technical amendments.
     Sec. 13203. Patent and Trademark Efficiency Act
       amendments.
     Sec. 13204. Domestic publication of foreign filed Patent
       Applications Act of 1999 amendments.
     Sec. 13205. Domestic publication of patent applications
       published abroad.
     Sec. 13206. Miscellaneous clerical amendments.
     Sec. 13207. Technical corrections in trademark law.
     Sec. 13208. Patent and trademark fee clerical amendment.
     Sec. 13209. Copyright related corrections to 1999 Omnibus
       Reform Act.
     Sec. 13210. Amendments to title 17, United States Code.
     Sec. 13211. Other copyright related technical amendments.

Subtitle C--Educational Use Copyright Exemption

     Sec. 13301. Educational use copyright exemption.

Subtitle D--Madrid Protocol Implementation

     Sec. 13401. Short title.
     Sec. 13402. Provisions to implement the protocol relating to
       the Madrid Agreement concerning the international
       registration of marks.
     Sec. 13403. Effective date.

To discuss this topic further, please contact the author, Bill Heinze, at Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley. The information contained in this email is provided for informational purposes only and does not represent legal advice. Neither the APLF nor the author intends to create an attorney client relationship by providing this information to you through this message.

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