United States Statutes at Large/Volume 4/22nd Congress/1st Session/Chapter 203

United States Statutes at Large, Volume 4
United States Congress
Public Acts of the Twenty-Second Congress, First Session, Chapter 203

July 13, 1832.
Chap. CCIII.—An Act concerning the issuing of patents to aliens, for useful discoveries and inventions.

The privileges granted to aliens extended.
Act of April 17, 1800, ch. 25.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the privileges granted to the aliens described in the first section of the act, to extend the privilege of obtaining patents for useful discoveries and inventions to certain persons therein mentioned, and to enlarge and define the penalties for violating the rights of patentees, approved April seventeenth, eighteen hundred, be extended, in like manner, to every alien, who, at the time of petitioning for a patent, shall be a resident in the United States, and shall have declared his intention, according to law, to become a citizen thereof:Proviso. Provided, That every patent granted by virtue of this act and the privileges thereto appertaining, shall cease and determine and become absolutely void without resort to any legal process to annul or cancel the same in case of a failure on the part of any patentee, for the space of one year from the issuing thereof, to introduce into public use in the United States the invention or improvement for which the patent shall be issued; or in case the same for any period of six months after such introduction shall not continue to be publicly used and applied in the United States, or in case of failure to become a citizen of the United States, agreeably to notice given at the earliest period within which he shall be entitled to become a citizen of the United States.

Approved, July 13, 1832.