35 U.S.C. § 11 - Exchange of copies of patents and applications with foreign countries

Cite as35 U.S.C. § 11

(a) IN GENERAL.-The Director may exchange copies of specifications and drawings of United States patents and published applications for patents for those of foreign countries. The Director shall not enter into an agreement to provide such copies of specifications and drawings of United States patents and applications to a foreign country, other than a USMCA country or a WTO member country, without the express authorization of the Secretary of Commerce.

(b) DEFINITIONS.-In this section-

(1) the term "USMCA country" has the meaning given that term in section 3 of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act ( 19 U.S.C. 4502 ); and

(2) the term "WTO member country" has the meaning given that term in section 2(10) of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act ( 19 U.S.C. 3501(10) ).

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