United States Code

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§ 151.
Issue of patent
(a)
In General.—
If it appears that an applicant is entitled to a patent under the law, a written notice of allowance of the application shall be given or mailed to the applicant. The notice shall specify a sum, constituting the issue fee and any required publication fee, which shall be paid within 3 months thereafter.
(b)
Effect of Payment.—
Upon payment of this sum the patent may issue, but if payment is not timely made, the application shall be regarded as abandoned.
(Added Pub. L. 112–211, title II, § 202(b)(6), Dec. 18, 2012, 126 Stat. 1536.)
cite as: 35 USC 151