37 J. Pat. Off. Soc'y 467 (1955)
Judicial Construction of the Patent Act of 1954 - Codification v. Substantive Change

handle is hein.journals/jpatos37 and id is 493 raw text is: Judicial Construction of The Patent Act of
1952-Codification v. Substantive Change
By WILLIAM W. BECKETT
INTRODUCTION
In the Patent Act of 1952,1 Congress for the first time
assembled substantially all of the patent laws of the
United States into one statutory package. Many of the
provisions of the Act incorporate language which is new.
In some instances the language of the At appears merely
to re-state and clarify the corresponding pre-existing
statutory law. In other instances the language has no
counterpart in the prior statutes but appears to codify
judicial decisions. In still other instances the language,
on its face, appears to have no counterpart in the prior
statutes, to be in direct conflict with decisions of the
courts and therefore to change the law.
In applying the new law, the courts and the Patent.
Office are forced to decide whether or not case law built
up prior to the act is applicable. In determining, this
problem, the tribunals are faced with the threshold
question of whether the new Act or at least the section
which they are considering merely codifies the pre-
existing law or embodies substantive changes in the prior
law. A degree of confusion as to this question exists
among the decisions. This confusion stems largely from
a contradictory legislative history leading to the Act's
passage. Broad general statements referring to the Act
as a whole, made on both sides of the question on the
floor of the Senate and in the committee reports, provide
the basis for most of the confusion.
Of course the cases are largely concerned with some
individual section of the Act rather than the Act as a
whole, and difficulty arises when the section in question
embodies new statutory language. There is marked con-
troversy centering around several particular sections,
135 U. S. C. (1952).

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