US Code Title 35: ‘United States’ defined as USA, territories & possessions. Most times defined as just congress and the territories.

The patent process and office seems to be part of United States, in Congress Assembled, not part of United States Inc.. In US Code Title 35, this may be the first time I’ve seen ‘United States’ defined as including ‘United States of America’, the phrasing from the constitution.

(c) The terms “United States” and “this country” mean the United States of America, its territories and possessions. (35 USC 100 (c))

I used to say that ‘country’ had zero lawful weight, but this is wrong. ‘Country’ can mean United States of America and its territories and possessions. But one must verify by checking the definitions of the part of the code that applies.

The optional ‘cover sheet’ for a provisional patent also references the man, not the person. It requests:

  1. Given name
  2. Family name

It does ask for ‘residence’ which is a govt/federal trap, but it does not request a zip code, at least in the part to describe where the inventor lives.

The definitions still seem to refer to the person/LLC since defines an inventor as an individual, which is a U.S. Person.

(f) The term “inventor” means the individual or, if a joint invention, the individuals collectively who invented or discovered the subject matter of the invention. 35 USC 100 (f)

This came up while researching patents.

The term ‘person’ is used twice. The term or word ‘man’ is not used at all.


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