SEC. 37. CALCULATION OF 60–DAY PERIOD FOR APPLICATION OF PATENT TERM EXTENSION.
(a) IN GENERAL.--Section 156(d)(1) of title 35, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following flush sentence:
“For purposes of determining the date on which a product receives permission under the second sentence of this paragraph, if such permission is transmitted after 4:30 P.M., Eastern Time, on a business day, or is transmitted on a day that is not a business day, the product shall be deemed to receive such permission on the next business day. For purposes of the preceding sentence, the term ‘business day’ means any Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday, excluding any legal holiday under section 6103 of title 5.”.
(b) APPLICABILITY.--The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply to any application for extension of a patent term under Section 156 of title 35, United States Code, that is pending on, that is filed after, or as to which a decision regarding the application is subject to judicial review on, the date of the enactment of this Act.
Approved September 16, 2011.
PL 112-29, 2011 HR 1249