Editorial Notes
Amendments

2008—Subsec. (a)(2). Pub. L. 110–434, § 1(b), added par. (2) and struck out former par. (2). Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “The design of a vessel hull, including a plug or mold, is subject to protection under this chapter, notwithstanding section 1302(4).”

Subsec. (a)(3). Pub. L. 110–434, § 1(c), added par. (3).

Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 110–434, § 1(d)(1), substituted “vessel hull or deck, including a plug or mold,” for “vessel hull, including a plug or mold,”.

Subsec. (b)(4). Pub. L. 110–434, § 1(d)(2), added par. (4) and struck out former par. (4) which read as follows: “A ‘hull’ is the frame or body of a vessel, including the deck of a vessel, exclusive of masts, sails, yards, and rigging.”

Subsec. (b)(7). Pub. L. 110–434, § 1(d)(3), added par. (7).

1999—Subsec. (b)(3). Pub. L. 106–113 amended par. (3) generally. Prior to amendment, par. (3) read as follows: “A ‘vessel’ is a craft, especially one larger than a rowboat, designed to navigate on water, but does not include any such craft that exceeds 200 feet in length.”

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Effective Date

Pub. L. 105–304, title V, § 505, Oct. 28, 1998, 112 Stat. 2918, as amended by Pub. L. 106–113, div. B, § 1000(a)(9) [title V, § 5005(a)(2)], Nov. 29, 1999, 113 Stat. 1536, 1501A–593, provided that:

“The amendments made by sections 502 and 503 [enacting this chapter and amending sections 1338, 1400, and 1498 of Title 28, Judiciary and Judicial Procedure] shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act [Oct. 28, 1998].”

Joint Study of Effect of This Chapter

Pub. L. 105–304, title V, § 504, Oct. 28, 1998, 112 Stat. 2917, as amended by Pub. L. 106–113, div. B, § 1000(a)(9) [title IV, § 4741(b)(1), title V, § 5005(a)(1)], Nov. 29, 1999, 113 Stat. 1536, 1501A–586, 1501A–593, provided that:

“(a)
In General.—
Not later than November 1, 2003, the Register of Copyrights and the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office shall submit to the Committees on the Judiciary of the Senate and the House of Representatives a joint report evaluating the effect of the amendments made by this title [enacting this chapter and amending sections 1338, 1400, and 1498 of Title 28, Judiciary and Judicial Procedure].
“(b)
Elements for Consideration.—
In carrying out subsection (a), the Register of Copyrights and the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office shall consider—
“(1) the extent to which the amendments made by this title has been effective in suppressing infringement of the design of vessel hulls;
“(2) the extent to which the registration provided for in chapter 13 of title 17, United States Code, as added by this title, has been utilized;
“(3) the extent to which the creation of new designs of vessel hulls have been encouraged by the amendments made by this title;
“(4) the effect, if any, of the amendments made by this title on the price of vessels with hulls protected under such amendments; and
“(5) such other considerations as the Register and the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office may deem relevant to accomplish the purposes of the evaluation conducted under subsection (a).”