2013 US Code
Title 15 - Commerce and Trade
Chapter 22 - TRADEMARKS (§§ 1051 - 1141n)
Subchapter I - THE PRINCIPAL REGISTER (§§ 1051 - 1072)
Section 1056 - Disclaimer of unregistrable matter

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Publication TitleUnited States Code, 2012 Edition, Supplement 1, Title 15 - COMMERCE AND TRADE
CategoryBills and Statutes
CollectionUnited States Code
SuDoc Class NumberY 1.2/5:
Contained WithinTitle 15 - COMMERCE AND TRADE
CHAPTER 22 - TRADEMARKS
SUBCHAPTER I - THE PRINCIPAL REGISTER
Sec. 1056 - Disclaimer of unregistrable matter
Containssection 1056
Date2013
Laws in Effect as of DateJanuary 16, 2014
Positive LawNo
Dispositionstandard
Source CreditJuly 5, 1946, ch. 540, title I, §6, 60 Stat. 429; Pub. L. 87-772, §3, Oct. 9, 1962, 76 Stat. 769; Pub. L. 100-667, title I, §108, Nov. 16, 1988, 102 Stat. 3938; Pub. L. 106-113, div. B, §1000(a)(9) [title IV, §4732(b)(1)(B)], Nov. 29, 1999, 113 Stat. 1536, 1501A-583.
Statutes at Large References60 Stat. 429
64 Stat. 1263
76 Stat. 769
102 Stat. 3938
113 Stat. 1536
Public Law ReferencesPublic Law 87-772, Public Law 100-667, Public Law 106-113

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Disclaimer of unregistrable matter - 15 U.S.C. § 1056 (2013)
§1056. Disclaimer of unregistrable matter (a) Compulsory and voluntary disclaimers

The Director may require the applicant to disclaim an unregistrable component of a mark otherwise registrable. An applicant may voluntarily disclaim a component of a mark sought to be registered.

(b) Prejudice of rights

No disclaimer, including those made under subsection (e) of section 1057 of this title, shall prejudice or affect the applicant's or registrant's rights then existing or thereafter arising in the disclaimed matter, or his right of registration on another application if the disclaimed matter be or shall have become distinctive of his goods or services.

(July 5, 1946, ch. 540, title I, §6, 60 Stat. 429; Pub. L. 87–772, §3, Oct. 9, 1962, 76 Stat. 769; Pub. L. 100–667, title I, §108, Nov. 16, 1988, 102 Stat. 3938; Pub. L. 106–113, div. B, §1000(a)(9) [title IV, §4732(b)(1)(B)], Nov. 29, 1999, 113 Stat. 1536, 1501A–583.)

AMENDMENTS

1999—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 106–113 substituted "Director" for "Commissioner".

1988—Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 100–667 substituted "subsection (e)" for "paragraph (d)".

1962—Pub. L. 87–772, among other changes, provided that an applicant may voluntarily disclaim a component of a mark sought to be registered.

EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1999 AMENDMENT

Amendment by Pub. L. 106–113 effective 4 months after Nov. 29, 1999, see section 1000(a)(9) [title IV, §4731] of Pub. L. 106–113, set out as a note under section 1 of Title 35, Patents.

EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1988 AMENDMENT

Amendment by Pub. L. 100–667 effective one year after Nov. 16, 1988, see section 136 of Pub. L. 100–667, set out as a note under section 1051 of this title.

REPEAL AND EFFECT ON EXISTING RIGHTS

Repeal of inconsistent provisions, effect of this chapter on pending proceedings and existing registrations and rights under prior acts, see notes set out under section 1051 of this title.

TRANSFER OF FUNCTIONS

For transfer of functions of other officers, employees, and agencies of Department of Commerce, with certain exceptions, to Secretary of Commerce, with power to delegate, see Reorg. Plan No. 5 of 1950, §§1, 2, eff. May 24, 1950, 15 F.R. 3174, 64 Stat. 1263, set out in the Appendix to Title 5, Government Organization and Employees.

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