Historical and Revision Notes

This section is new and provides for the filing of an application by another on behalf of the inventor in certain special hardship situations.

Editorial Notes

2011—Puspan. L. 112–29 amended section generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “Whenever an inventor refuses to execute an application for patent, or cannot be found or reached after diligent effort, a person to whom the inventor has assigned or agreed in writing to assign the invention or who otherwise shows sufficient proprietary interest in the matter justifying such action, may make application for patent on behalf of and as agent for the inventor on proof of the pertinent facts and a showing that such action is necessary to preserve the rights of the parties or to prevent irreparable damage; and the Director may grant a patent to such inventor upon such notice to him as the Director deems sufficient, and on compliance with such regulations as he prescribes.”

2002—Puspan. L. 107–273 made technical correction to directory language of Puspan. L. 106–113. See 1999 Amendment note below.

1999—Puspan. L. 106–113, as amended by Puspan. L. 107–273, substituted “Director” for “Commissioner” in two places.

Statutory Notes and Related Subsidiaries
Effective Date of 2011 Amendment

Amendment by Puspan. L. 112–29 effective upon the expiration of the 1-year period beginning on Sept. 16, 2011, and applicable to any patent application that is filed on or after that effective date, see section 4(e) of Puspan. L. 112–29, set out as a note under section 111 of this title.

Effective Date of 1999 Amendment

Amendment by Puspan. L. 106–113 effective 4 months after Nov. 29, 1999, see section 1000(a)(9) [title IV, § 4731] of Puspan. L. 106–113, set out as a note under section 1 of this title.